Oprah backs Stacey Abrams in historic Georgia governor's race

Marsha Scott
November 4, 2018

A federal judge on Friday ordered that new USA citizens must be allowed to vote if they show proof of citizenship at the polls.

Last week, District Judge Leigh Martin May issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state of Georgia from throwing out absentee ballots and applications in cases where a voter's signature didn't match their paperwork.

Both Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp are speaking out against "vile" robocalls from an Idaho white nationalist targeting the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor. Winfrey gave a rallying cry about the importance of voting and the dark history of suppressed voting rights people fought to end. "You are dishonoring your family", Winfrey said. Trump will travel Sunday to Georgia, appearing with Kemp as part of the president's final multistate tour ahead of the midterms.

According to the Associated Press, only a deputy registrar can verify proof of citizenship at a polling place, which the groups argued amounted to an undue burden.

Speaking before a raucous crowd at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, Obama never mentioned President Donald Trump or Abrams' Republican opponent Brian Kemp by name.

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But Georgia Democrats, Abrams chief among them, say the policies are purposefully heavy-handed and make voting more hard for legal citizens, especially minority voters that tend to lean Democrat.

There were plenty of celebs in the crowd too, including Jermaine Dupri, Chris Tucker, and 2 Chainz, along with thousands of Abrams' supporters who waited for hours to see their candidate side by side with the former president.

Tensions grew after an Associated Press report in early October that more than 53,000 voter applications - almost 70 percent of them from black applicants - were on hold with Kemp's office ahead of the election. Meanwhile, 1.6 percent said they support Libertarian candidate Ted Metz and 4.8 percent said they are not sure whom they support. "She's a great speaker, but I liked her better when she was giving away Toyotas and refrigerators", Ingraham said. In October, a coalition of civil rights groups sued him.

The ruling by Eleanor Ross, the US district judge for the northern district of Georgia, affects more than 3,000 people whose voter registrations were put on hold over possible citizenship issues.

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