Rep. Elijah Cummings Wants Georgia's Brian Kemp To Testify Before Congress About Voter Suppression Allegations
The Democrat also promised to make voting rights a part of the agenda of the 116th Congress.
December 05, 2018 at 2:09 pm
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wants Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp to testify before Congress about his gubernatorial race, according to HuffPost.
Kemp oversaw as well as ran in the 2018 Georgia election and has been accused of benefiting from this. He also faces allegations of having promoted voter suppression. Cummings is the incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and wants the committee to get to the bottom of what happened in the Peach State.
"I want to be able to bring people in, like the new governor-to-be of Georgia, to explain, you know, explain to us why is it fair for wanting to be secretary of state and be running [for governor]," Cummings said.
Georgia's gubernatorial race saw Kemp come out on top in a close race against Black Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, who previously served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.
While actively campaigning to be installed into the state's highest office, Kemp continued to oversee the election as secretary of state, despite calls for him to resign.
After the election, allegations of voter disenfranchisement, including improper voting booth management in Black communities surfaced. As Blavity has reported, Abrams plans to sue the state of Georgia over the handling of the last election, accusing officials of disenfranchising minority and underprivileged voters.
As The Hill reports, Cummings plans to make voter suppression a significant area of focus in the next Congress.
"One of the things about my committee, you know, it's called Oversight and Government Reform," the representative said. "Oversight, you know, you gotta research and find out what the hell is going on and then, if it is appropriate, to do those things to reform the system."
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