Georgia Secretary of State, currently running for governor, is blocking 53,000 residents from registering to vote. Most of them black.

By | 2018-10-19T19:25:44+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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. 

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6 Comments

  1. Jim Crow October 12, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/voting-rights-expert-torches-georgia-republican-for-suppressing-black-voters-hasnt-been-this-bad-since-jim-crow/

    70% of which are from minority voters in a state where only about 30% of the population is black. “Or not. I would say there is an overall problem which we see in Georgia.”
    “One of the problems is in a place like Georgia, you’ve got somebody who’s the Secretary of State in charge of voting system, and he stands to benefit from this,”
    The only solution, he said, was to “move to nonpartisan administration of elections in the country.”

    “But [Kemp], and anybody who is doing these kinds of purges need to understand the right to vote is sacred,” Waldman said scornfully. “It’s the heart of our democracy. and that it’s just wrong to fiddle with it in the heat of an election.”

  2. Beaglemom October 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    They’ve already removed over a million voters from voter rolls. And we know that our Supreme Court will do absolutely nothing. Just this week the Supreme Court moved to allow North Dakota to proceed with its onerous new voter registration requirements that deliberately make it harder for Native Americans living on reservation land to register to vote. Thanks, unJustice Kavanaugh and other GOP conservative un-justices on the highest court.

  3. Anon October 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    https://www.pbs.org/video/author-rj-young-race-and-guns-lr7kla/

    11m 43s

    Michel Martin speaks to R.J. Young about his new memoir “Let it Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns.”

  4. Anonymous October 13, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    They used this same tactic in 2016 to give votes to Trump.

  5. Anonymous October 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Some asshole Georgia senator who was stumping for Kemp on a university campus STOLE a student’s iPhone because the student dared to question him about his support of Kemp and his voter registration suppression. The video is going viral. Spokesperson for Senator Asshole says the senator thought the kid wanted a selfie and took is phone to take it? I call BULLSHIT! How can anyone associate themselves with such a disgusting political party?

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