Judge throws out GOP lawsuit to close Georgia ballot drop boxes after business hours

A judge in Fulton County, Ga., dismissed a GOP lawsuit on Thursday that sought to block voters from using absentee ballot drop boxes after normal business hours.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the lawsuit, brought by Georgia's Republican Party and the Republican National Committee (RNC), sought to prevent ballots from being received after business hours, typically no later than 5 p.m.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams ruled Thursday afternoon that she did not have jurisdiction in the case due to sovereign immunity laws, the newspaper reported.

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“The eyes of the nation are on Georgia, closely watching this process,” an attorney for the state GOP told the Journal-Constitution. “This case is absolutely not about the expansion or dilution of voter rights. ... This case and this motion is about ensuring that individual counties, 159 within the state of Georgia, do not themselves alter the election rules.”

The Hill has reached out to the RNC and Georgia's Republican Party for comment.

Georgia's runoff elections on Jan. 5 will determine which party controls the Senate for the first two years of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE's administration. Democrats need to oust both Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (R) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R) in order to win back the Senate.

The effort by Republicans to limit absentee ballot drop-off hours comes as President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE has refused to accept the results of the November election.

Congress meets on Jan. 6 to certify the Electoral College results.