A federal judge on Wednesday declined to block some challenged sections of Georgia’s new election law ahead of two runoff elections next week, but he didn’t rule out the possibility for future elections.

Judge J.P. Boulee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. (Photo: by John Disney/ALM) Judge J.P. Boulee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

Election integrity activists had asked District Judge J.P. Boulee of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to prohibit the state from enforcing sections of the new law that have to do with observation of elections, as well as a new deadline for requesting absentee ballots. Their request arose from one of eight federal lawsuits challenging the new law.