Stacey Abrams has not one, but two reasons to celebrate after back to back rulings were announced ordering the ballot count to continue in Georgia’s gubernatorial race.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May found that Gwinnet County election officials violated the Civil Rights Act in their total rejection of absentee ballots due to error in birth year or omission of birth year, The Hill reports. According to the ruling, Gwinnet County officials will have to tally those absentee votes towards the final count.
The new numbers could also affect the outcome of Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, between Republican incumbent Rep. Rob Woodall and his Democratic opponent, Carolyn Bourdeaux.
Just a day prior, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled provisional ballots would need to be counted in the election, along with the creation of a website that would inform voters of their provisional ballot status, according to the outlet.
Judge Totenberg also mandated election officials could not call the race until after 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
Abrams is still in the middle of an uphill battle against her Republican opponent Brian Kemp. A week ago, the two went head to head in the midterm elections, with the outcome showing Kemp remains in the lead. According to The New York Times, Abrams is within 21,000 votes of determining a runoff election.
Late last week Kemp declared victory as the winner and stepped down from his post as Georgia’s Secretary of State.
The race has been laden with stories of voter suppression, as Kemp’s office was accused of failing to process over 50,000 voter registrations, and purging voter records due to lack of activity, along with issues pertaining to poll conditions last Tuesday.
“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.
“Clearly, Stacey Abrams isn’t ready for her 15 minutes of fame to end,” a Kemp campaign spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.
Monday and Tuesday’s victories do not sway the title of governor to either Abrams or Kemp, but does offer a legal justification as to why Abrams has refused to concede.