On Monday night, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled that election officials in Georgia must preserve and count provisional ballots filled in the state’s midterm elections for the very tight gubernatorial race.
According to the Associated Press, Totenberg ordered the state’s secretary of state officials to take the mandatory steps to preserve provisional ballots and begin counting them. Not only that, but officials were ordered to set up an official system or website to let voters know whether their ballots were accepted or not.
According to the report, election officials in Georgia cannot certify the election until Friday at 5:00 p.m. local time. This is a giant slap to Republicans who were hoping that the race would be called by Wednesday afternoon.
So far, Republican nominee Brian Kemp leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by a small margin. But the Democrat still holds hope that the remaining uncounted ballots will be enough to force a runoff election on December 4.
“I am fighting to make sure our democracy works for and represents everyone who has ever put their faith in it. I am fighting for every Georgian who cast a ballot with the promise that their vote would count,” Abrams said in a statement Monday.
According to the AP, Kemp’s campaign has urged Abrams to accept defeat because if she doesn’t it’s a “disgrace to democracy.”
“Clearly, Stacey Abrams isn’t ready for her 15 minutes of fame to end,” a spokesman for the Kemp campaign said.
Kemp came under backlash after attempting voter suppression in Georgia by trying to keep thousands of black voters from casting their vote.