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Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:33 PM

As GA SOS, Karen Handel was subject of fed lawsuit by ACLU & DOJ action for voter suppression [View all]

This is really important! This is a repost of a thread by Diva77 from Friday that didn't get much attention and is critical info going into Ossoff election.
Karen Handel has a long history of voter suppression and and knows every trick to "win" an election.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029216234

I have copied all info below from Diva77's post as it's too late for this to make latest or greatest:

Handel was the first elected Republican secretary of state in Georgia history.
Soon after taking office as Georgia Secretary of State, Handel began a project to purge voter rolls.

Soon after taking office as Georgia Secretary of State, Handel began a project to purge voter rolls. 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. Some eligible voters were told that they were "non-citizens" although in fact they were citizens. 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.

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 ... 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.

Handel defended her program, asserting that it was appropriate and necessary. 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....snip

So she's like the Katherine Harris of Georgia...we need a LANDSLIDE for Ossoff to win!!!! SERIOUSLY!!! (For anyone who may not know, Katherine Harris was the SOS in FL who engaged in massive voter suppression which is credited in part for helping Bush "win" FL. )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Handel

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