Ga.’s Kemp ac­cused of voter sup­pres­sion

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - REMEMBERING -

AT­LANTA — Civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tions have filed a fed­eral law­suit against Ge­or­gia Sec­re­tary of State and Repub­li­can gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Brian Kemp, ac­cus­ing his of­fice of pre­vent­ing mi­nor­ity vot­ers from reg­is­ter­ing ahead of next month’s closely watched race.

The law­suit, filed Thurs­day in fed­eral court in At­lanta, tar­gets Ge­or­gia’s “ex­act match” ver­i­fi­ca­tion process.

The law­suit comes days af­ter an anal­y­sis by The As­so­ci­ated Press found over 53,000 voter reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions sit­ting in pend­ing sta­tus. Ge­or­gia’s pop­u­la­tion is ap­prox­i­mately 32 per­cent black, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus, but the list of voter reg­is­tra­tions on hold with Kemp’s of­fice is nearly 70 per­cent black.

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