A federal judge on Monday blocked two Georgia counties’ attempts to remove over 4,000 voters from electoral rolls ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs that’ll determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
The big picture: Most of the voter registrations that would’ve been affected were in Muscogee County, which President-elect Joe Biden “won handily in November,” notes Politico, which first reported the news. 150 were from Ben Hill County, which President Trump won by a slim majority.

  • Muscogee County asked Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner to recuse herself from the case as she’s the sister of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who’s filed a separate electoral lawsuit. But the judge said in her decision that the court “finds no basis for recusal.”

Read the order, via DocumentCloud:
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