House Democrats Launch Investigation Into Voter Suppression In Georgia
Gov. Brian Kemp believes the House's priorities aren't in order.
March 06, 2019 at 10:05 pm
House Democrats are looking into voter suppression allegations Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp faces.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) wrote to Gov. Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger requesting information about the state’s voting processes and laws, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Cummings and Raskin want details about Georgia’s “exact match” law. As Blavity reported, the law requires a resident’s voter registration information to match data held by the Department of Driver Services. The federal lawmakers also want more information about the process behind the state's consolidation of polling places and more data about the issues voters encountered on Election Day.
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“The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating recent reports of serious problems with voter registration, voter access and other matters affecting the ability of people in Georgia to exercise their right to vote,” the letter reads. “The Committee is particularly concerned by reports that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote and significant barriers to casting their votes during the 2018 election.”
Georgia voters complained of long lines and faulty equipment when they attempted to cast their votes during the midterm election in November. Kemp oversaw the election as Georgia’s secretary of state and resigned shortly after winning his race for governor. Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams, who contested the results and accused Kemp of suppressing votes.
Abrams has been steadfast in her battle against voter suppression despite her loss.
"Voter suppression is real. From making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy," Abrams said in her State of the Union response in February, according to The Hill.
"This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country," Abrams added. "We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a power grab."
Kemp believes the House majority is "playing politics," according to Roll Call.
"Elijah Cummings and his colleagues in the House are hung up on giving more money to Puerto Rico when we have our own farmers who are fixing to lose their farm," Kemp said, referring to those affected by tornadoes that ripped through the South over the weekend.
"I would urge them to do the real work of this country. Take care of the people who need relief."
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