“During Kemp’s tenure, Georgia’s population has increased substantially—yet the number of registered voters has actually gone down.”
Go to: Georgia My Voter Page to make sure that you are registered to vote in November! Voter suppression in our state is still a major problem. Targeted voter purges by Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp may have effected you.
As Slate.com recently reported, “During his nearly eight years as secretary of state, Brian Kemp, engaged in mass voter purges, removing hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls. State officials appear to have singled out black voters in targeted purges.
Kemp also canceled or suspended 35,000 voter registrations using Exact Match, a version of Kris Kobach’s notorious Crosscheck program that compares registrants’ information with motor vehicle and Social Security databases. If a single letter, space, or hyphen did not match the database information, the voter application was rejected. Black voters were eight times more likely than whites to have their registrations halted due to Exact Match.
Perhaps most egregiously, Kemp launched an investigation into Abrams’ efforts to register more minority voters despite no evidence of fraud. He used the probe to harass and intimidate voting rights advocates. Later, he refused to register 40,000 would-be voters who had signed up through the drive. Speaking to Republicans behind closed doors, Kemp explained the stakes: “Registering all these minority voters that are out there … if they can do that, they can win these elections.” During Kemp’s tenure, Georgia’s population has increased substantially—yet the number of registered voters has actually gone down.”
Kemp has refused to step down from his position as Secretary of State. This means that he is overseeing his own election after already spending years in that position to engage in numerous voter suppression tactics, including targeted voter purges.