ATLANTA - A federal judge has issued a temporary order that would block Georgia's election officials from rejecting any absentee ballots under Georgia’s Voter Signature Match Law without giving voters the opportunity to confirm their identity.
Under current law, the state can reject absentee ballots if the voter's signature doesn't match the one on file.
On Tuesday, attorneys for the ACLU argued in court that signatures may change for a variety of reasons like age, disability, and injury.
"This ruling protects the people of Georgia from those who seek to undermine their right to vote. It’s a huge victory, especially with the midterms just days away,” Sophia Larkin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
Georgia's Signature Match Law is not the only one being challenged in court.
Civil rights groups have also sued over the state's "exact match" policy which puts voter applications on hold when the state finds even minor discrepancies between the application and official government records.