Monday, 19 November, 2018

United States judge orders Georgia to allow voting for some blocked residents

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Vice President Mike Pence, left, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, right, wave to supporters at Dalton Convention Center in Dalton on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

Kemp, Georgia's Secretary of State, has been challenged for his decision to freeze some 50,000 voter applications.

"According to the Motion Picture Association of America the motion picture and television industry is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and almost $4.6 billion in total wages in Georgia, including indirect jobs and wages".

At issue is Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp's run for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black female governor in us history if elected. If elected, Abrams would become the first black woman governor in USA history. There have been reports of problems with Georgia's voting machines and the NAACP filed complaints with the state's Board of Elections after people alleged their votes for Abrams switched to a vote for Kemp, USA Today reported.

The preliminary injunction she issued required the state to change its procedures immediately to allow those flagged, some 3,100 individuals, to prove their citizenship more easily, with a US passport or similar documentation and only to a poll manager. Kemp hails from Republicans' conservative wing and embraces President Trump.

In another incident, about 40 black seniors were ordered off a bus taking them from a senior center to early vote by county officials, who said they considered the trip improperly political.

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On Sunday, President Trump will also be in Georgia campaigning for Kemp.

"The record 455 film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state", a press release from the state said.

Kemp's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

"I paid to come here myself, and I approved this message", Winfrey said, explaining that she tracked down Abrams' cell phone number and called her to say she wanted to offer assistance in the final days of the campaign.

"Georgia has always been on a path of change and evolution", Abrams said.

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