Georgia’s Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is getting hammered on social media after a video posted to his official Secretary of State website showing a young black girl being denied the chance to vote was shared widely on Thursday.
The video, which was taken down after Newsweek reported on it, features kids entering a polling station and going through the voting process to demonstrate how early voting in Georgia works.
First a white boy votes without a problem, but then when a young African American girl goes to vote, she can’t since she doesn’t have the proper identification. The video explains that without an ID, voters can cast a provisional ballot that will only be counted if the voter returns within three days with a photo ID. If they don’t, the ballot will be rejected.
Watch the clip below:
Wow. So on the SOS website #BrianKemp has an advance voting video. Take a look at who gets to vote and who doesn’t. Nice messaging, Kemp. Please just #resign already. #gapol #gagov #TeamAbrams pic.twitter.com/D4gmMeb4Cw
— Anjali Enjeti (@anjalienjeti) October 18, 2018
Social media blasted Kemp for having produced such a tone-deaf video, considering the pervasive disenfranchisement of minorities.
He was also accused of outright racism.
until it drew attention today, #GAgov nominee Brian Kemp's official Secretary of State website featured an early voting explainer video in which a little white boy casts his ballot, while a black girl gets rebuffed for lacking ID.https://t.co/3KoR4v4VyQ pic.twitter.com/ik1ZUisnDi
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) October 18, 2018
So tone DEAF! Couldn’t even fake it in a video.
— BURN IT DOWN! (@brown44531) October 18, 2018
Not even trying to disguise the racism. Wow is right.
— ellen (@ellendross) October 18, 2018
Wow. A video put out Brian Kemp’s office to promote early voting shows a black girl being denied a ballot because she lacks the appropriate ID. The white boy has ID and is allowed to vote. https://t.co/Rbz10gvacj https://t.co/dyD8OuLPMt
— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) October 18, 2018
Racist much, Brian Kemp? And of course, you took the video down after the dog whistle was blown. https://t.co/q3Hm7iga6m
— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) October 18, 2018
GA Sec of State Brian Kemp dreams about Jim Crow. https://t.co/nUdwCIrY1r
— Judith Browne Dianis (@jbrownedianis) October 18, 2018
— A.B. Kay (@ABKayEl) October 18, 2018
#KrianBempster is at it again. The most corrupt, unethical & amoral politician in Georgia's HISTORY (worse than Lester Maddox even?) who's set a low bar precedence to count the votes in his own race; In his interest not your interest @gapol @BrianKempGA https://t.co/WaoYGwxlgH
— Packy 🖊📜🗳🧮👊 (@Packy48) October 18, 2018
This video says everything about #racist @BrianKempGA – the black girl is denied a ballot because she lacks ID, but the white boy is allowed to vote. Read between the lines. I'm not saying @staceyabrams is perfect, but she's not RACIST like #BrianKemp https://t.co/PL3xB6Z09B
— Pankaj Ramani (@pmramani) October 18, 2018
Kemp is locked in a tight race against Democrat Stacey Abrams, who if elected would become the country’s first black female governor.