READ: Civil Rights Groups Sue Georgia Over “Pending” Voting Registrations Ahead of Midterm Elections


Civil rights groups have teamed up to submit a lawsuit against the state of Georgia for voter suppression.

The suit comes in reaction to a policy in Georgia that forbids new voter registrations from being submitted if the submitted information isn’t a precise match to the information in Georgia’s license or social security database.

As the attorneys allege, even slightly differing information would result in an application being thrown out:

“Under this ‘exact match’ protocol, the transposition of a single letter or number, deletion or addition of a hyphen or apostrophe, the accidental entry of an extra character or space, and the use of a familiar name like ‘Tom’ instead of ‘Thomas’ will cause a no match result.”

The Abrams campaign says the blame is with Brian Kemp, with a spokeswoman saying:

“As he has done for years, Brian Kemp is maliciously wielding the power of his office to suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters — the majority of them people of color,”

Scrutiny of the policy has seen a huge uptick during a competitive gubernatorial election in the state between Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democratic former Congresswoman Stacy Abrams. As a result of Georgia’s policy, 53,000 voter registrations are stalled, with nearly 70 percent of those voters being African-American. In a race that’s anyone’s game and a candidate who would be the first black female governor of Georgia, the policy would likely be the one negatively affected.

Americans are supporting the move:

The numbers of suppressed votes in an election this close could result in a sway of the entire election.

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