- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit urging a federal judge to extend Georgia’s voter registration deadline for coastal counties ordered to evacuated for Hurricane Matthew (all times local):


5 p.m.

A federal judge has denied a request for a second extension of the voter registration deadline for Georgia counties stricken by Hurricane Matthew.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. issued his order Wednesday after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit seeking six additional days for new voters to sign up in Georgia’s six coastal counties. The judge said the request for another deadline extension after early voting has begun “exponentially increases the disruption to Georgia’s electoral process.”

Last week, the same judge granted a similar request by a different legal group to push back the Oct. 11 registration deadline for only Chatham County, which includes Savannah. That extension lapsed Tuesday, giving new voters just a few extra days to join the rolls.


11:50 a.m.

A federal judge who ordered the voter registration deadline extended in one Georgia county that evacuated for Hurricane Matthew is now weighing a second request to grant more time for people in a wider area.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. said Wednesday he would rule within hours on the American Civil Liberties Union’s motion to give new voters six more days to join the rolls in six coastal Georgia counties that Gov. Nathan Deal ordered to evacuate in ahead of the storm.

Last Friday, Moore agreed to extend registration in Chatham County, which includes Savannah. That extension lapsed Tuesday.

Cristina Correia, an assistant Georgia attorney general, argued extending registration past the original Oct. 11 deadline risked injecting “human error” into the voter rolls.

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