Stacey Abrams Calls Brian Kemp’s Voter Suppression Efforts Part of a “Pattern of Behavior”

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reiterated calls for Republican opponent Brian Kemp to resign as Georgia’s secretary of state, calling his recent voter suppression efforts part of a broader “pattern of behavior.”

Kemp has come under fire amid reports that his office has 53,000 applications to vote sitting on hold ahead of the November midterms. The registrations largely concern the state’s “exact match” verification program, which targets voters whose names on their voter applications differ from their name as it’s listed for other government agencies — even if it’s as minor as a missing hyphen.

The pending applications could affect the upcoming gubernatorial election and Abrams’ fight to become the first black woman governor of the United States. Seventy percent of the 53,000 applications are black voters, according to the Associated Press, and Abrams noted Sunday the action also disproportionately affects women — two groups that are particularly likely to vote for Democrats.

Abrams hit back against Kemp’s actions Sunday in interviews on CNN’s State of the Union and Meet the Press, noting on CNN that voter suppression creates a “miasma of fear” that “is as much about terrifying people about trying to vote as it is about actually blocking their ability to do so.”

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