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.
— Lawyers' Committee (@LawyersComm) October 11, 2018
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:
Thank you. How can I donate?
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 11, 2018
Please tell us what we can do to help! Please tell us who to call
— Leocadia Toth (@Lee_Toth) October 12, 2018
— Alinkam (@Alinkam12) October 12, 2018
— Madeleine Soloway (@madandart) October 12, 2018
The numbers of suppressed votes in an election this close could result in a sway of the entire election.