Judge: Counties Must Stop Rejecting Absentee Ballots With Signature Mismatch
Georgia elections officials will no longer reject absentee mail-in ballots with signatures that do not match those on file.
In a federal court order Thursday a judge ruled that absentee ballots with a signature mismatch will now become provisional.
County officials have to notify the voters of the mismatch via first-class mail and email, if available, and voters can send an attorney to present their ID if they cannot come in person.
Normally, a voter casting a provisional ballot has until three days after the election to correct problems. But in this case, they have until 5 p.m. the Monday after. That’s the deadline for elections to be certified.
As of Wednesday night, fewer than two hundred absentee ballots had been rejected because their signatures did not match.
More than 800,000 Georgians have already voted in the Nov. 6 election.
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