Claims of Voter Suppression in Georgia's Governor Race | Sojourners

Claims of Voter Suppression in Georgia's Governor Race

According to a report earlier this week from The Associated Press, more than 53,000 voter registration applications have been sitting on hold in the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The people on the list are predominantly black, and may not even know their voter registration has been held up.

Kemp oversees elections and voter registration in Georgia and is also the Republican candidate in his state’s governor’s race. His opponent, former state Rep. Stacey Abrams, and voting rights advocacy groups claim that Kemp is systematically using his office to carry out voter suppression, largely against minority voters.

Kemp’s office has cancelled more than 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012; nearly 670,000 registrations were cancelled in 2017 alone.

Many applications are being held up because of the state’s “exact match” verification process. Under this policy, an application could be held because of an entry error or even a dropped hyphen in a last name. Voter information must exactly match any information on file with Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Application.

According to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press, the list of voter registrations on hold with Kemp’s office is nearly 70 percent black even though Georgia’s population is about 32 percent black.

Both Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp have responded to this news via Twitter. 

Read The Associated Press report here.