GOP nominee slammed with lawsuit for voter suppression scheme


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is currently running as the GOP nominee for governor, is trying to illegally prevent minority voters from exercising their right to vote in an underhanded effort to stop his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams from becoming the state’s first black woman governor.

Kemp, a white man, is now being sued by six civil rights organizations including the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice, and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. He is accused of violating the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act, and the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit stems from Kemp’s use of the state’s “exact match” law to place tens of thousands of Georgia voters on a “pending” list even for very minor mistakes on voter registration forms. According to the Campaign Legal Center, the draconian measure “places tens of thousands of voter registration applications in suspense for errors as small as a misplaced hyphen, dash, or space.”

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