Georgia officials sued over rejected absentee ballots

ATLANTA (AP) – Voting rights groups say officials in one of Georgia’s most diverse counties are improperly rejecting absentee ballots cast in the state’s nationally watched governor’s race.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 390 absentee ballots have been rejected in Gwinnett County – one-third of the number rejected across the state.

Voting rights groups this week filed two separate lawsuits against Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Gwinnett County elections board, calling for the rejections to be reviewed.

Kemp, who oversees elections, is running against Democrat Stacey Abrams to be the state’s next governor.

The Atlanta-area county says it is following state law.

Kemp’s office says that counties decide how to process absentee ballots and that they have opened an investigation to make sure state law is being followed.

More than 60 percent of residents in Gwinnett are non-white.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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