As you’ve probably already heard, voter suppression architect Brian Kemp has put 53,000 voter registrations “on hold,” — 70 percent of these voters are African American.
So, is Kemp actively suppressing voters to win the election? Stacey Abrams would say “Yes!” In fact, she already did. On Meet the Press, Abrams called the so-called “exact match” voter registration law that’s denying so many African Americans the right to vote “a pattern of behavior where [Kemp] tries to tilt the playing field in his favor or in the favor of his party.”
Georgia has also had issues with rejecting absentee ballots in the past, a trend that is continuing this year, under Kemp’s direction as chief elections officer. Gwinnett County, in particular, has been responsible for rejecting 40 percent of Georgia’s early votes so far, the majority of which have belonged to minority voters.
Pearlie Williams, an African American woman from Gwinnett, voted early, hoping it would make her vote safer. But her ballot was among the over 10 percent of Gwinnett absentee votes that have been rejected so far. “There’s been so many problems for so long, it’s like, why vote?” she said. “They’re going to do whatever they want to do anyway. And now you’re here telling me my ballot was rejected?”
Georgia conservatives — and Kemp in particular — have gone to great lengths o silence non-white voters. Now Kemp, who currently oversees Georgia’s voter systems as the secretary of state and chief elections officer, has real competition from Stacey Abrams, an African American woman, so he is cheating to make sure he wins.
But despite Kemp’s tactics to confuse voters in the hopes that they won’t turn out, you can still cast your ballot — even if you’ve been placed on his “on-hold” list.
What’s being done: The Georgia Coalition of the People’s Agenda, the local NAACP and other civil rights groups filed a lawsuit, hoping to end the “exact match” rule by election day. Stacey Abrams is calling for Brian Kemp to resign as chief elections officer.
What you can do:
- Vote early! Find your polling place and times here.
- Then commit to being a Power Voter and bringing five friends to the polls with you.
- And make sure your friends and neighbors know how Kemp will continue to scare businesses away, disenfranchise African Americans, and strip away rights of women and the LGBT community.