Judge won't extend Georgia registration again

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request for a second extension of the voter registration deadline for Georgia counties stricken by Hurricane Matthew.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. issued his order Wednesday after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit seeking six additional days for new voters to sign up in Georgia's six coastal counties. The judge said the request for another deadline extension after early voting has begun "exponentially increases the disruption to Georgia's electoral process."

Last week, the same judge granted a similar request by a different legal group to push back the Oct. 11 registration deadline for only Chatham County, which includes Savannah. That extension lapsed Tuesday, giving new voters just a few extra days to join the rolls.

Cristina Correia, an assistant Georgia attorney general, argued extending registration past the original Oct. 11 deadline risked injecting "human error" into the voter rolls.

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