Judge Upholds Georgia Ban on Free Food, Drinks Near Polls

A federal judge has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction to block a Georgia law that bans the distribution of food and drinks to prospective voters near election polling sites.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee determined the state law — signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in March 2021 — would remain intact for the foreseeable future, given that the November midterm elections are just three months from now.

Specifically, the law prohibits the act of providing food or water to voters within 150 feet of an election polling place or within 25 feet of a voter standing in line.

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