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.
Polls in the election have shown a pin’s distance between the two candidates.
Current polls show Kemp with a 47.7 percent lead to Abram’s 46.6 percent—far below the 2.8 percent margin of error.
Abrams, a lawyer and former congresswoman, has captured the hearts of Americans everywhere since the start of her campaign, with many viewing her candidacy and her possibility of winning emerging as a symbol of hope for Georgians everywhere.
Let's hope Georgia can continue this unique path & to absolute equality by electing Stacy Abrams as our next governor.
Thank you Mayor Bottoms for embracing the vulnerability required for total human equality.
— Jimbo (@Enigma420ATL) October 11, 2018
Yall better go out and vote for stacy abrams
— Hayz (@astoldbyhailey_) October 9, 2018
Also: I would be excited to vote for Stacy Abrams even if Kemp weren't a total turd. But he is. A total turd.
— Jeffrey Chupp (@semanticart) October 12, 2018
And even Bette Midler.
STACY ABRAMS, A WORTHY AND EXCITING CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA! A CHAMPION FOR EDUCATION, GROWING THE ECONOMY, HELPING WORKING FAMILIES, AND A LEADER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!
Stacey Abrams https://t.co/r8tixiZe5o @staceyabrams
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 8, 2018
The razor thin race and the incumbent candidate’s allowance of voter suppression is yet another reason for Americans to be mindful of November 6 and America’s future as a whole.