According to NBC News, May’s ruling comes in response to both lawsuits. In addition to instructing county election officials to stop the “signature mismatch” practice for the November midterm election, she also outlined a procedure that would allow voters to resolve alleged signature discrepancies. Representatives from both the Republican and the Democratic Party have until noon Thursday to comment on whether the language in the order is “confusing or will be unworkable” for election officials.
The ruling could have a significant impact on the state’s tight gubernatorial race between Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. The competition between both candidates has grown increasingly contentious in recent weeks. In their first debate this week, Abrams accused Kemp of enacting practices meant to suppress votes, particularly among people of color. Kemp alleged that Abrams encouraged undocumented immigrants to vote illegally with her comments at a recent campaign rally.