U.S. courts rule against Georgia on voter suppression cases

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A federal judge said Friday that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, must allow new USA citizens to vote Tuesday if they can show proof of citizenship at the polls.

On Thursday Vice President Mike Pence held a rally for Kemp in Dalton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey held a rally for Abrams in Marietta.

The Abrams campaign called the ads "poisonous", but said they weren't buying Kemp's response.

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Amico said she doesn't think Georgia is a red state.

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Kemp and Abrams, a former state representative, have battled over voting rights and access for years in the Deep South state.

"Allowing poll managers to verify proof of citizenship would alleviate the severe burden on individuals who have been flagged and placed in pending status for citizenship while still serving the state's interest of ensuring that only United States' citizens are voting", District Judge Eleanor Ross said in her ruling. Polling throughout October has shown Kemp leading by one point, Kemp and Abrams tied, and, as of a few days ago, Abrams leading by one point.

Last week, a federal judge issued an injunction ordering Kemp's office to issue guidance to county officials to stop rejecting ballots because of a signature mismatch without first giving voters a chance to fix the problem. It also signaled that the coalition of civil rights groups that brought the case against Kemp would likely succeed should the lawsuit continue. As he blasted Trump's decision to send troops to the Southern border, Obama failed to note that he and President George W. Bush also dispatched military personnel to the border, even if not immediately prior to an election.

"I have this to say to you, black people with ancestors who never had the chance", Oprah said at the event. And considering that voters of color tend to disproportionately cast their ballots for Democrats, many have argued that Kemp's actions reflect deliberate racial discrimination.

Kemp's spokeswoman, Candice L. Broce, called the ruling "a minor change to the current system".