Georgia Secretary Of State–Who Is Running For Governor–Accused Of Suppressing More Than 30,000 Black Voters

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office has flagged 53,000 voters on the state’s voting rolls–and 70% of those voters are Black, leading to accusations that Kemp is suppressing votes, especially those of people of color.

By the way, Kemp is running for governor. And his opponent is Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is seeking to become the nation’s first African American female governor.

Two main policies overseen by Kemp have drawn criticism and legal challenges: Georgia’s “exact match” registration verification process and the mass cancellation of inactive voter registrations.

According to records obtained from Kemp’s office through a public records request, Appling-Nunez’s application —like many of the 53,000 registrations on hold with Kemp’s office — was flagged because it ran afoul of the state’s “exact match” verification process.

Under the policy, information on voter applications must precisely match information on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration. Election officials can place non-matching applications on hold.

An application could be held because of an entry error or a dropped hyphen in a last name, for example.–

Kemp has claimed that voters who are flagged will still be allowed to vote, providing they show “adequate” personal identification. That remains to be seen, however, since early in-person voting does not begin until next week in the state.

Kemp, who was endorsed by President Trump in the Republican primary, previously claimed a voter drive initiated by Abrams that sought to enroll minority voters across the state was ripe with fraud.

A subsequent investigation revealed that was inaccurate.

Georgia law allows the Secretary Of State to hold that office and run for Governor at the same time.

Polls have shown the governor’s race to be a dead heat.