Update:\r\n\r\nThe Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected the Republican Party\u0026#039;s attempt to block\u0026nbsp;early voting this Saturday in the U.S. Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP candidate Herschel Walker.\r\n\r\nEarlier:\r\n\r\nRepublican groups filed an appeal with the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to block early voting this Saturday in the U.S. Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP candidate Herschel Walker.\r\n\r\nThe Georgia Republican Party, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Republican National Committee asked Georgia\u0026#039;s high court to overturn a lower court\u0026#039;s ruling that said state law permits early voting this Saturday, 10 days before the December 6 runoff.\r\n\r\nAs The Associated Press reported, \u0022The time-sensitive legal battle began after Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued guidance to county election officials that said early voting could not be held on November 26 because state law says it is illegal on a Saturday if there is a holiday on the Thursday or Friday preceding it.\u0022\r\n\r\nThursday is Thanksgiving and Friday is a state holiday that was originally created to honor Robert E. Lee, the general of the Confederate army that fought to preserve slavery. Lee\u0026#039;s name wasn\u0026#039;t removed from the holiday until 2015.\r\n\r\nThe Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Warnock campaign sued last week to challenge Raffensperger\u0026#039;s guidance, arguing that the prohibition on Saturday early voting after a holiday applies only to primary or general elections, not runoffs.\r\n\r\nA Fulton County judge agreed, issuing an order on Friday that sided with the Warnock campaign and the Democratic groups.\r\n\r\nLawyers for the state challenged the lower court\u0026#039;s decision, but the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a single-sentence ruling late Monday that rejected their request for an immediate reversal.\r\n\r\nRaffensperger accepted that ruling and said the state would not launch additional appeals.\r\n\r\n\u0022The court has worked its will,\u0022 Mike Hassinger, a spokesperson for the secretary of state\u0026#039;s office, said in a statement. \u0022We believe this is something the General Assembly should consider clarifying to avoid confusion in the future.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Republican groups, however, appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday.\r\n\r\nAccording to AP:\r\n\r\n\r\nThey argue that the interpretation of Georgia law put forth by the plaintiffs and accepted by [Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox] was incorrect. The runoff election set for December 6 is clearly a continuation of the November 8 general election and is subject to the prohibition on Saturday voting immediately after a holiday, they argue.\r\n\r\nCounties had been relying on the guidance provided by Raffensperger as they prepared for the runoff election, under the assumption that voting would not be allowed November 26, the Republican groups argue. Only 10 counties—\u0022all of them Democrat-leaning\u0022—plan to hold early voting on Saturday, they note.\r\n\r\nThat \u0022sows confusion and inequity into the voting process, preventing the clarity and uniformity that Georgia\u0026#039;s citizens deserve,\u0022 they argue.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Warnock campaign and the Democratic groups expressed their opposition to the GOP\u0026#039;s petition in a filing submitted to the state supreme court on\u0026nbsp;Wednesday morning.\r\n\r\nGeorgia compressed the time frame for runoff campaigns as part of a 2021 voter suppression law condemned by Democrats and voting rights advocates.\r\n\r\n\u0022The shortened calendar, less than a month from the general election, makes the early-voting period coincide with Thanksgiving,\u0022 HuffPost noted. \u0022Georgia law requires that counties hold five days of early voting from Monday, November 28, through Friday, December 2. But counties are also allowed to hold three additional days of early voting, and some counties want to offer early voting on Saturday, when many voters are off work.\u0022\r\n\r\nWarnock and Walker, a former football star backed by ex-President Donald Trump, are set to face off in the December 6 runoff after neither candidate won more than 50% of the vote in the November 8 midterms.\r\n\r\nDemocrats have already secured 50 seats in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris\u0026#039; tie-breaking vote giving them the slimmest possible majority. But the Georgia runoff is still consequential for several reasons.\r\n\r\nAmong other things, a victory by Warnock would ensure that Democrats have a majority on all Senate committees—allowing them to expedite the pace of judicial confirmations and other work. It could also reduce the obstructionist influence of right-wing Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).