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GOP Candidate for Governor Accused of Purging Over 100,000 Names From Voter Rolls to Decimate the Black Electorate

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GOP Candidate for Governor Accused of Purging Over 100,000 Names From Voter Rolls to Decimate the Black Electorate


Georgia Sec. of State Brian Kemp knows his Republican party has allegedly purge likely Democratic voters from registrations in Georgia. The report claims that Kemp removed one out of ten names.

Greg Palast at Truthout.org has the story of how his lawyer sued to release the names of those purged, hoping to get the word out so they could re-register in time to vote in the mid terms:

“This past week, I released the name of every one of these Georgia voters Kemp flushed from voter rolls in 2017. If you’re a Georgia resident, check the list. If your name is on it, re-register right now. You only have through tomorrow (October 9).

It’s no coincidence that Georgia’s Purge’n General is also running for Governor: The Republican candidate is fighting a dead-even race against Stacey Abrams, Democratic House Minority Leader. Abrams, if she wins, would become the first Black woman governor in US history.

Suspiciously, Kemp sent no notice to these citizens after he took away their voting rights. If they show up to vote on November 6, they’re out of luck — and so is Georgia’s democracy.”

Palast brought in one of the nation’s top mailing database experts, Mark Swedlund, and his team to go through the list, name by name. They discovered the voters purged included thousands who supposedly left the state but remain in Georgia, and thousands who moved from one end of town to another and lost their vote. In one case, a person had simply moved from one apartment to another in the same building.

Gerald Griggs, counsel for the Atlanta NAACP, and voting rights attorney Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project (a nonpartisan voter registration initiative), are joining Palast in a lawsuit against Kemp.

“We’ll be hauling Kemp into federal court to force him to open the records to which the public is entitled under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 — provisions meant to prevent just this type of voter roll shenanigan. In particular, we’re forcing him to disclose the complete detailed process that led to each voter’s removal.”

The reports points out that Kemp removed voters after they had skipped voting and failed to return a postcard that, according to Morgan County Elections Board member Helen Butler, “Looks like junk mail. You’d throw it away.”

Butler also serves as executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and it skeptical of Kemp’s purge methods. The group recently settled a suit against Kemp that forced him to return over 40,000 voters to the rolls.

You can read Greg Palast’s entire investigative report here: https://truthout.org/articles/gops-brian-kemp-purged-1-in-10-georgia-voters-ive-got-the-names/


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