Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Thursday asked a federal judge for an emergency stay of her temporary restraining order barring election officials across Georgia from rejecting absentee ballots because of alleged signature discrepancies.

The motion, filed by Senior Assistant Attorney General Christina Correia with the office of state Attorney General Chris Carr, sought the stay until she can appeal U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May’s orders granting and implementing the TRO.

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