Judge or­ders voter reg­is­tra­tion ex­tended due to hur­ri­cane

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A fed­eral judge on Fri­day or­dered Ge­or­gia of­fi­cials to ex­tend the voter reg­is­tra­tion dead­line for one coastal county hit hard by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, which forced thou­sands to evac­u­ate and closed lo­cal Board of Elec­tions of­fices for days.

The judge’s rul­ing came af­ter Gov. Nathan Deal de­clined to give res­i­dents of coastal Ge­or­gia more time to reg­is­ter for the Nov. 8 elec­tion, de­spite the storm’s dis­rup­tion of the fi­nal days for new vot­ers to join the rolls. The Lawyers’ Com­mit­tee for Civil Rights Un­der Law filed suit, ar­gu­ing the re­fusal in­fringed on the vot­ing rights of Savannah-area res­i­dents.

U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Wil­liam T. Moore Jr. ruled res­i­dents of Chatham County, which in­cludes Savannah, must be al­lowed to reg­is­ter through next Tues­day, Oct. 18 — a week af­ter the orig­i­nal dead­line passed. The gover­nor or­dered Ge­or­gia’s six coastal coun­ties to evac­u­ate for the hur­ri­cane on Oct. 6.

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