It is amazing the number of ways that voters’ names have quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) been removed from the rolls as we approach the midterm elections. States with contentious, close political races seem particularly prone to this. At this point, it might be hard to pick an exemplar, the leading state in voter suppression, but Georgia would be high on the list.
In August, Brian Kemp, Secretary of State and candidate for governor of Georgia, allowed a plan to close seven of nine polling places in a largely rural, largely African-American county due to noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The outcry was loud and clear from the NAACP, the ACLU of Georgia, and other groups that threatened to sue. The two-member Randolph County Board of Elections voted the proposal down, leaving some egg on Kemp’s face.
Kemp has refused to step down from his role of overseeing Georgia’s elections as he runs for governor. After one failed attempt to disenfranchise voters of color before an election facing an opponent, Stacey Abrams, who’s a Black woman, one would think that Kemp might lay low. But think again.