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Voter Suppression Concerns Cloud Georgia’s Contested Gubernatorial Election

by Axios | Updated on 10.12.18

An Associated Press report this week revealing that Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office has placed tens of thousands of voter registration applications on hold has escalated a bitter fight over concerns of voter suppression in the homestretch of the state's highly contested governor race.

The latest: A coalition of civil rights organizations on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Kemp, the state’s top election official and Republican nominee for governor. The injunction request seeks to reopen voter registration to ensure that the 53,000 registrants on hold — nearly 70% whom are black voters — would be allowed to register to vote. Tuesday was the last day to register.

The details: Kemp’s office uses the “exact match” voter verification system to verify voter applications. It requires that voter applications be perfectly matched with information on file at Georgia's Social Security Administration and the state's Department of Driver Services. The suit filed Thursday also seeks to halt this system.

What they're saying: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate hoping to become the country’s first black woman governor by heavily relying on highly motivated liberals and nonwhite voters to pull off a victory, responded to the developments on twitter: It "feels like deja vu" from Republicans. Her campaign on Thursday called on Kemp to resign, as first reporter by CNN.

The other side: Kemp's office told the AP that "the law applies equally across all demographics," but the numbers are skewed by "the higher usage of one method of registration among one particular demographic group."

  • His spokeswoman, Candice Broce, has denied the accusations of voter suppression, telling Axios in a statement that the lawsuit is a "publicity stunt. ...Their claims are bogus. It is a complete waste of our time and taxpayer dollars." She also said that the 53,000 people can vote in November if they show up at the polls with the same photo ID others must present.

Go deeper: Majority-black Georgia county rejects proposal to close polling sites

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  • Clint
    10/12/2018
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    This is how republicans have held on to their majority. They know they don’t have the black vote no matter what Kanye says. So they block it. This won’t change until we vote them out and get rid of the racist president we have now.

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  • Caleb
    10/12/2018
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    Brian Kemp oversaw the last Georgia election when voter rolls were purged and the hard drives were destroyed after receiving a court injunction to preserve all voter data. How is he not in jail already? Now he is in a conflict of interest presiding over the election he is running in. Why are these people allowed to stomp all over our democracy and get away with it Scott free?

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  • Judith
    10/12/2018
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    HOW IS THAT RAT EFFLUENT SECRETARY OF STATE STILL IN OFFICE AND NOT IN JAIL ? ! PROOF POSITIVE THAT HE AND JUDGES RULING ON THE LAST SUIT ABOUT HIS UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR ARE CORRUPT ! CORRUPT ! PURGE ALL REPUBLICANS FROM OFFICE IN NOVEMBER ! 💙🌊BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IN NOVEMBER !!

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  • Peter
    10/12/2018
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    How can Mr. Kemp as Georgia Secretary of State be allowed to certify the voters roll that determines who gets to vote for governor and then Mr. Kemp is running for governor at the same time. This is clearly a conflict of interest. I know this has nothing to do with my state of Nevada, but I believe it’s an outrageous abuse of power that needs to be curtailed either by Federal legislation or court action

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  • Miles
    10/12/2018
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    Let us be clear that Brian Kemp is implementing other Voter Suppression tactics. I am current victim of the NEW LAW regarding Driver License Renewal. With this new law, you cannot use your previous license or Military documents towards a renewal. It is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to present a “valid” Birth Certificate. If there is any issue with the Birth Certificate, then you must submit to the Superior Court for a 12 week “Name Change” process. I’m 64 years old and have never faced this before. PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS. Thanks!!

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  • Donna
    10/12/2018
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    I find all attempts to suppress the vote of ANY American citizen unconscionable. If the GOP is convinced they are moving this country (you can't say leading as most of them do not understand the meaning of the word and have proven themselves incapable of doing so), why all the attempts to keep people from legally voting? If you are confident you have all the answers and the 'public' is behind you 100%, why the scare and bully tactics? You are depriving Americans of their right which goes against everything we know about democracies. Brian Kemp has a conflict of interest here and should step down as Sec of State - but we all know he won't. He is following the playbook of the conflicted bully-in-chief and aiding in the destruction of our democratic values. When will the GOP realize if they destroy our democratic institutions, they will all be unemployed. There are NO elections in autocratic societies. Without your positions you lose your perceived power and will be forced to live among the 'commoners' you used to call constituents.

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  • John
    10/12/2018
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    Stop the voter suppression going on all over. And, put this Georgia Fascist in prison.

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  • Mark
    10/12/2018
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    The Neo-Socialists complain about voter suppression? What a laugh! I used to live in Philadelphia and have experienced actual voter suppression in the form of the New Black Panthers hanging outside of polling places, swinging spiked baseball bats, swords and some even brandishing rifles. All while wearing para-military clothing. Scaring the living crap out of pretty much everyone of course. Who would go vote under those circumstances? Now that’s real voter suppression that we need to be dealing with!

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  • L0u15e.N032L
    10/13/2018
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    He heads the election department so can easily deny votes. Sounds like corruption. Not my vote.

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  • Judith
    10/13/2018
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    PLEASE GET ALL THOSE DISGUSTINGLY CORRUPT REPUBLICANS OUT OF GOVERNMENT OFFICE !!

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  • Christine
    10/13/2018
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    Mr. Kemp is UNFIT for ANY public office. He should be criminally investigated for his corruption. Get out and VOTE🌊🌊🌊

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  • Baron
    10/13/2018
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    This is nothing new. The former slave states have doing stuff like this since the civil war ended. The federal government needs to be more vigilant in keeping an eye on their illegal activities. And stop them from carrying them out. If they do get caught doing these illegal activities there should be severe consequences.

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  • Joe
    10/14/2018
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    It should be against the law to block voting. This is an obvious attempt to suppress the voter’s rights.

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  • Rj
    10/12/2018
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    Kemp should not oversee the election in which he is a candidate for governor. The 50000 + registrations he is holding should be reviewed and processed by someone that is independent and certainly not running for office. America has low voter turnout and low voter fraud. We should be encouraging voter participation and not denying it because of a missing comma or dash. Republicans continue to find ways to suppress voters. They continue to deny or make it too difficult for people to vote. Shameful!

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  • Mary
    10/15/2018
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    This is the only way the Republican minority can maintain power... cheat, lie and steal.

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  • Deepstate
    10/13/2018
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    Blatant in your face corruption!! No wonder the GOP loves their boy trump!! Shut down the swing states from voting at all, until this shit has been STOPPED and cleaned up!!

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  • Dua-ken
    10/12/2018
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    Quit suppressing voter rights!

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  • Mancos
    10/12/2018
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    Just a reminder that this administration weakened restrictions that were in place to support voter rights. Remember when Trump wanted every state’s voter rolls? Congress needs to take immediate action on this diseased partisan presidency before it spreads any further.

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  • Ian
    10/12/2018
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    You will intervene and either 1) remove Kemp from his position 2) mandate that all register voters be processed in time for the November election. This is in blatant obstruction of our democracy and is genuinely un-American. You will fix this immediately.

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  • Sharon
    10/12/2018
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    So,yet another ugly surprise to digest? If the win doesn’t come naturally, force it with sorcery, right? Instead of #me too” the GOP tag line is “only me”. Are you proud? Do you think we don’t notice because you bombard us with a 24 /7 cycle of evil? We are no longer distracted by your smoke and mirrors. Be prepared for Nov. 6.

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