A federal judge in Atlanta issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday barring Georgia election officials from rejecting absentee ballots or ballot applications over mismatched signatures without giving voters a chance to contest the decision and confirm their identities.

In a 31-page order, Judge Leigh May of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia directed Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to instruct election officials and county boards of elections across the state that absentee ballots with alleged voter signature mismatches should be marked as “provisional” rather than rejected. County election officials shall then send a pre-rejection notice to voters and give them an opportunity to resolve the alleged discrepancy.

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