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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 12:27 AM

Not long after Georgia installed paperless DREs statewide, Karen Handel became 1st Repub SOS 2006

sorry if I'm late to the party on this -- probably lots of previous posts about this --I did not realize Karen Handel had been Sec'y of State of GA -- 1st repub ever "elected" to that job -- coincidentally after paperless touchscreen voting machines had taken hold statewide -- ushered in by HAVA.

And, as to be expected, she had a history of voter suppression:


snip...Soon after taking office as Georgia Secretary of State, Handel began a project to purge voter rolls.[15] The voter verification procedure matched five criteria provided by new voter registration applicants with information in the Georgia Department of Driver Services database or the Social Security Administration database.[16][17] Some eligible voters were told that they were "non-citizens" although in fact they were citizens.[15] Voter suppression allegations were raised and the rule became the subject of a federal lawsuit by the ACLU of Georgia and MALDEF, which accused Handel's office of engaging in a "systematic purging procedure" expressly barred by federal law within 90 days of an elections.[15][18]

In 2009, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ) ordered a halt to the state's "voter verification" effort (denying it approval under the Voting Rights Act of 1965), determining that "thousands of citizens who are in fact eligible to vote under Georgia law have been flagged" and that the program was "flawed ... [and] frequently subjects a disproportionate number of African-American, Asian and/or Hispanic voters to additional, and more importantly, erroneous burdens on the right to register to vote. This marked the first time since the 1990s that the Justice Department had denied approval to a change in Georgia election practice.[18]

Handel defended her program, asserting that it was appropriate and necessary.[18] A federal judge in Atlanta later dismissed a lawsuit that had accused Handel's successor, Secretary of State Brian Kemp of illegally bumping Georgia voters off the state's rolls ahead of the 2016 presidential election. In the 21-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. said the state had taken a "reasonable and nondiscriminatory" approach in trying to reach voters who had not cast a ballot within the past 7 years to confirm their addresses.[19]...snip

So she's like the Katherine Harris of Georgia...we need a LANDSLIDE for Ossoff to win!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!

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