U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee moved Wednesday to block a motion that would have halted Georgia’s new voting reform law, according to The Washington Examiner.
The judge said that the request was timed inappropriately, thanks to how close it was to the state’s local runoff elections.
Georgia’s elections in question are scheduled for Tuesday and according to the judge, a change in voting measure so close to the election would cause havoc on ballot collection, which in some places is already underway.
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law. Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning,” the judge wrote, according to CNN.
The Trump-appointed judge said that he would reconsider the law and give a final decision “at a later date.”
The judge’s decision while appreciated by many, is an annoyance to Republicans who consider the suits against the law to be completely against the best interest of the state:
“This is just another in the line of frivolous lawsuits against Georgia’s election law based on misinformation and lies. We will continue to meet them and beat them in court,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement.
The Biden administration has fiercely opposed the law on all fronts, including the suit by Attorney General Merrick Garland who said that Georgia’s reforms were “enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of black” residents to cast ballots.
Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp (R), however, took exception to the Biden administration’s “far-left agenda” saying that “This lawsuit is born out of the lies and misinformation the Biden administration has pushed against Georgia’s Election Integrity Act from the start.”