Go ahead, guess who the blocked voters are most likely to vote for.
If you guessed his opponent give yourself a gold star.
Courtesy of TPM:
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s (R) office is blocking 53,000 people from registering to vote, according to records obtained by the Associated Press, a huge number that could sway his gubernatorial race against Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Kemp has used a controversial “exact match” program to approve or block voter registrations that disproportionately impacts minority voters.
Now we know exactly how many people that might affect this election. According to the AP, fully 70 percent of the voter applications that are being held up by Kemp’s office are from black people.
It’s unclear how many of these voters will be able to get on the rolls by Election Day.
People whose registrations are still pending have 26 months to correct the problem, and get one notice by mail advising them of the issue. They can still vote in-person provided they present a driver’s license or other form of photo ID, something that minorities are less likely to have, or cast a provisional vote and return within three days with valid proof of identification.
The secretary of state has waged a years-long battle against voting rights groups in the state, regularly going after minority voter registration efforts, while purging voting rolls and making it harder for many people to vote.
In the old days the if a Secretary of State were running for the governor’s office he would logically be expected to step aside and let another, impartial, official oversee voter registration and the vote count.
But that was back before the Republicans started a scorched earth policy of politicking.
Nowadays there is NOTHING too illegal, immoral, or unethical that is out of bounds for them.
Let’s face it, that is the only way they can win these days.