A federal judge in Albany has ordered Dougherty County election officials to wait until Tuesday to certify the results of the Nov. 6 elections after the Democratic Party of Georgia sued to make sure all the ballots could be counted.

Dougherty officials had planned to certify the election results Friday, but lawyers for the party and the campaign of Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams argued that large numbers of absentee ballots were likely to go uncounted in the county, which was hit hard by Hurricane Michael and where a legal challenge by a down-ticket candidate delayed the issuance of ballots.

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