The Georgia Supreme Court sided with Georgia Democrats on Wednesday and decided to permit early voting for next Saturday's U.S. Senate runoff election.
According to a report by Breitbart News, The Georgia Republican Party sought to ban early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but the state high court rejected their plea.
Brad Raffensperger (R), Georgia's secretary of state, maintained that the state's election legislation forbade early voting in person on a Saturday if it fell on a holiday.
The Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the campaign lawyers for Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) filed a complaint when Raffensperger indicated he would not permit early voting to take place on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
"The Court finds that the absence of the Saturday vote will irreparably harm the Plaintiffs, their members, and constituents, and their preferred runoff candidate," Cox wrote in his ruling.
"Senator Warnock and his Democratic Party allies are seeking to change Georgia law right before an election based on their political preferences," Raffensperger said in a statement after Cox's decision.
"Instead of muddying the water and pressuring counties to ignore Georgia law, Senator Warnock should be allowing county election officials to continue preparations for the upcoming runoff."
Following that, the Georgia Republican Party challenged Cox's ruling on the grounds that it would permit "illegal advance voting." The state's highest court received an appeal after an appeals court earlier this week dismissed their claims.
The Georgia Court of Appeals has denied an attempt to stop early voting on Saturday for the Senate runoff — a ruling that allows counties to open polling places after the Thanksgiving holiday.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 22, 2022
Georgia's Supreme Court declined to consider the case in a quick unanimous decision, upholding Judge Cox's judgment.
"Upon consideration, the Emergency Petition for Writ of Certiorari and Motion to Stay are denied," the court's order read. "All the Justices concur."
Both Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker fell short of the required 50% vote total to avoid a runoff election, so a runoff will be held on December 6.
The Case is Georgia Republican Party v. Democratic Party of Georgia, Case No. S23M0376 in the Georgia Supreme Court.
The outcome of the Georgia runoff race will likely decide who holds the majority in the upper chamber of Congress. Currently, Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives, and there are 47 Democrats, two independents who caucus with Democrats, and 49 Republicans in the Senate, making Georgia's seat the deciding factor in Senate leadership.