The voter registration deadline to register for the Congressional District 6 Special Election was February 21st. Although federal law states the registration deadline cannot be set more than 30 days before any election, according to Georgia law, anyone who has not already registered will not be allowed to between now and the runoff election.
In an interview with NPR, Francys Johnson, head of the Georgia NAACP, accuses Brian Kemp of using his office “to secure partisan political advantage for conservatives.” Johnson also says people are emailing and calling his office daily complaining about the deadline.
Five voting rights organizations, including the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, filed a lawsuit against Kemp last week, challenging the voter registration deadline. The organizations believe that not allowing adequate time for registration will prevent some residents of the district, especially minority voters and new citizens, from voting in the runoff.
According to ThinkProgress, the lawsuit names both the Georgia NAACP and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Atlanta Inc. as plaintiffs, arguing that the early deadline especially hurts minority communities.
In response, Kemp has called the lawsuit a political attack, stating, “We’re going to defend this vigorously.” Of course Kemp, who has been nothing but a hindrance to the democratic process of voting in Georgia, is digging his heels into this one. He claims under Georgia law the Special Election and the Runoff are part of the same election.
Douglas Hess, who studies federal voter registration law at Grinnell College, believes judges are likely to be skeptical of that defense.
Brian Kemp is refusing to follow federal law and is violating Georgia voters’ federal rights. Call Brian Kemp’s office and tell him he needs to keep voter registration open.
Kemp’s Office – (404) 656-2881