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Georgia cancels state Supreme Court election; corrupt Kemp to choose replacement

On March 5, 2020, two aspiring candidates for Georgia Supreme Court filed suit against the state’s highest election official because the race in which they hoped to compete was taken off the ballot the day before the qualifying period began.

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On February 28, 2020, Justice Keith Blackwell announced that he will be retiring from the state supreme court, and therefore will run for reelection. Blackwell’s announcement stated that he intends to remain on the court until November 18, 2020. The justice was scheduled to stand for reelection on May 19, but his term does not end until the end of December.

Because Blackwell’s announced retirement falls before his term is over in December, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will appoint Blackwell’s successor. Kemp conveyed that information to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), who then canceled the election.

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Barrow called the canceling of the election “the ultimate act of voter suppression” and said, “They’re taking this election off the books before the event that authorizes them to do it.”

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