Dems probe re­port of voter sup­pres­sion

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS - – CQ-Roll Call

WASH­ING­TON – House Democrats are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that Repub­li­can Gov. Brian Kemp at­tempted to sup­press votes in Ge­or­gia in the 2018 elec­tions, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from Chair­man Eli­jah Cum­mings and Rep. Jamie Raskin of the House Com­mit­tee on Over­sight and Re­form.

Kemp, who won the race for gov­er­nor in 2018 while he was the sec­re­tary of state, can­celed voter regis­tra­tions for more than 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple in Ge­or­gia. Scores of me­dia out­lets re­ported a lack of re­sources and long lines on Elec­tion Day at polling places in mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties, caus­ing civil rights groups to ac­cuse Kemp and the GOP of in­ten­tion­ally sup­press­ing votes.

Cum­mings and Raskin, both Mary­land Democrats, re­quested that Kemp and the cur­rent sec­re­tary of state, Brad Raf­fensperger, hand over a trove of doc­u­ments re­lated to the de­ci­sions to purge voter rolls, place on hold reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions for 53,000 Ge­or­gians in 2018 and other vot­ing rights is­sues.

The com­mit­tee is “par­tic­u­larly con­cerned by re­ports that Ge­or­gians faced un­prece­dented chal­lenges with reg­is­ter­ing to vote and sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers to cast­ing their votes” while Kemp was in of­fice.

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