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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:06 PM

Georgia NAACP readies lawsuit against Kemp over voter registration

Source: Politico

The Georgia NAACP is preparing to sue Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, in response to a report that Kemp's office has put on hold tens of thousands of voter registration applications, most of them from African-Americans, ahead of the election.

The injunction would seek to reopen voter registration in Georgia to ensure that 53,000 registrants on hold in Kemp's office — and possibly others affected by an outage of the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the state's voter registration website — would be allowed to register for the upcoming election.


The move was confirmed by to two people with knowledge of the NAACP of Georgia's plans. The last day to register to vote was Tuesday.

The strict policies enforced by Kemp's office for voter registration and verification have been under scrutiny in his campaign against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who once ran a nonprofit focused on registering new voters.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/11/georgia-naacp-voter-registration-lawsuit-842679

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:10 PM

1. but will there be enough time....

before the midterms?

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:20 PM

8. Yes.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:10 PM

2. The Lawyers Committee has also filed a lawsuit

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:41 PM

3. SUE KEMP FOR FRAUD. Lock Him Up Now.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:15 PM

4. And ACLU involved as well. For the DC lawyers, can't they get emergency hearing

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:23 PM

5. Lawsuit filed

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:45 PM

6. I am so glad to hear this!

I was horrified hearing on the radio what is happening.

I have never yelled at my TV and Radio as much as these past two years.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 09:03 PM

7. I'm so sorry to put it this way.

COCK SUCKER!

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 11:48 PM

9. Abrams demands GOP's Kemp resign as Georgia secretary of state

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 01:53 AM

10. So, we are counting on an 11th hour appeal to...what? The Kavanaugh Kourt?

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 09:13 AM

11. Georgia: Lawsuit challenges 53,000 stalled Georgia voter registrations Atlanta Journal-Constitutio

This lawsuit will be fun to follow https://thevotingnews.com/lawsuit-challenges-53000-stalled-georgia-voter-registrations-atlanta-journal-constitution/

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday challenges a Georgia law that has stalled the voter registrations of more than 53,000 potential voters until they verify their basic information. The lawsuit, brought by several civil rights groups, asks a judge to overturn Georgia’s “exact match” law, which requires voter registration information to match driver’s licenses, state ID cards or Social Security records. The legal action comes after The Associated Press reported this week that at least 53,000 voter registrations were flagged because of the law. Those voter registrations are on hold because of discrepancies between application information and government records, such as a missing hyphen in a last name or data entry errors. But potential voters can still participate in this year’s elections if they show photo ID either when they go to vote or beforehand. They can also mail identification to county election officials in advance. If their ID resolves the discrepancy, they will immediately become active voters eligible to cast a normal ballot on Georgia’s voting machines.

The “exact match” law has drawn criticism from voting rights groups that say it could suppress voters in the upcoming election for Georgia governor between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp is Georgia’s secretary of state, responsible for oversight of elections and voter registration.

The lawsuit alleges that the law, passed by the Georgia General Assembly last year, has a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans who want to become registered voters. About 80 percent of applications put on pending status were submitted by those minority groups, according to the lawsuit.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 09:15 AM

12. such a bastard

throwing out registrations????? WTF, throw Kemp out now.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 06:52 PM

13. Kemp Blasts 'Outside Agitators' After Scrutiny Of Policy Blocking 53K From Voting

The term outside agitator has a long history dating back to the Jim Crow days. Freedom riders and persons attempting to register non-whites in the south were often called outside agitators. Kemp is using the Jim Crow terminology today because he was caught https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/brian-kemp-outside-agitators-voter-registration

As Yahoo News’ Jon Ward points out, the term “outside agitators” has a racially tinged history and was used by segregationists in the South.

Though Kemp was perhaps referring to the national media and his gubernatorial opponent’s out-of-state supporters, he used a racially charged term to defend a policy viewed as an attempt to keep low-income and minority residents from voting.

“Despite what you hear or read, the numbers are clear. While outside agitators disparage this office and falsely attack us, we have kept our heads down and remained focused on ensuring secure, accessible, and fair elections for all voters,” Kemp said in the statement. “The fact is that it has never been easier to register to vote and get engaged in the electoral process in Georgia, and we are incredibly proud to report this new record.”

The statement touting the voter registration statistics came after records obtained by the Associated Press earlier this week revealed that a secretary of state’s office policy kept 53,000 people from registering to vote. The policy allows the state to delay or block the registrations of residents when information on their voter registration form does not match exactly with existing state records
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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:08 PM

14. From the lawsuit

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:14 PM

15. The Georgia NAACP is seeking to reopen voter registration in the state to ensure that the 53,000

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