The attorney representing a group of people challenging the governor’s authority to appoint three new judges to the Georgia Court of Appeals squared off with attorneys for the state Monday morning, telling a Fulton County judge that he must step in and declare the appointments unconstitutional.

Fayetteville solo Wayne Kendall, who represents a half-dozen petitioners demanding that the judgeships be filled by elections, said that he in fact speaks for more than 6 million Georgia voters “who have had the right to vote taken away from them.”