Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is helping his gubernatorial campaign by putting 53,000 voter registrations on hold, with 70 percent of the on-hold registrations coming from black applicants—and Stacey Abrams’ campaign is calling on Kemp to step down:
"As he has done for years, Brian Kemp is maliciously wielding the power of his office to suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters -- the majority of them people of color," Abrams spokeswoman Abigail Collazo said in a statement.
Collazo pushed for Kemp to step down "so that Georgia voters can have confidence that their Secretary of State competently and impartially oversee this election." Georgia Democrats were rebuffed when they made a similar request earlier in the year.
Kemp, of course, has no intentions of stepping down when he can use his office to keep tens of thousands of potential Democrats from voting. His office claims that putting the registrations on hold over the most minor typo or spelling error is not a problem because people can fix the problems when they show up to vote or else cast provisional ballots. But all it will take is a single poll worker who doesn’t realize that voters with held-up registrations have that right or makes it difficult to fix to prevent people from exercising their right to vote, thanks to Kemp’s voter suppression efforts.
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