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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DA Election

Miranda Daniel

Yesterday the Georgia Supreme Court heard oral arguments over when residents of Clarke County and Oconee County will be voting for a new District Attorney.

Following a lawsuit put forward by District Attorney Candidate Deborah Gonzalez and four other plaintiffs, the question over the constitutionality of a 2018 Georgia Election law is being debated by the State Supreme Court.

The law states that the vacant seat of Western Circuit District Attorney will be filled by appointment of Governor Kemp, rather than through an election in November. This is because DA Ken Mauldin resigned in February and Governor Kemp did not fill the seat before May 3rd.

If followed, the law would mean that Kemp’s appointee would serve until 2022, two years after the term would have ended.

Gonzalez claims that this is an example of voter suppression, and is suing for a formal election on November 3rd.