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The Stacey Abrams campaign requires Kemp of GOP to resign as Secretary of State for Georgia, amidst the rumors of voter registration

The Stacey Abrams campaign requires Kemp of GOP to resign as Secretary of State for Georgia, amidst the rumors of voter registration

The question from the Abrams campaign stems from an Associated Press report on the records obtained showing that Georgia has subscribed more than 53,000 voter registration applications – nearly seven out of ten belonging to the African Americans – because they failed to meet the " exact match "standard of the state.

According to the policy, even the smallest deviation – such as a typing error or missing letter – can be marked between a voter registration and their driver's license, social security or identity card.

"As he has done for years, Brian Kemp maliciously uses the power of his function to suppress the votes for political gain and to keep the voices of thousands of eligible voters – the majority of them colored," said Abigail spokeswoman Abigail Collazo. . in a statement.

Collazo urged Kemp to "so that voters in Georgia can rest assured that their Secretary of State has competent and impartial monitoring of these elections." Georgian Democrats were rejected when they made a similar request earlier this year.

Kemp's campaign maintains voters whose names are stuck in the system would still be able to search documentation on election sites or, if not, cast a provisional vote. It also praised the growing roles of the state, and said that they would probably exceed 7 million as soon as the final figures came in after Tuesday's registration deadline.

"While external agitators belittle this office and mistakenly attack us, we have kept our heads down and focused on ensuring safe, accessible and fair elections for all voters," Kemp said in a statement. "The fact is that it has never been so easy to register to vote and engage in the election process in Georgia, and we are incredibly proud to report this new record."

Abrams, who became a national Democratic star during her primary campaign, rivals to become the first governor elected by black women in any state. She runs neck-and-neck with Kemp, with the latest polling and analysis predicting a throw-up on the election day. Republicans hold the governor's mansion since 2003 in Georgia.

The current resident, Governor Nathan Deal, leaves office next year after serving the maximum two conditions.

Kemp also blamed the New Georgia Project, which was founded by Abrams when she was the minority leader at the Georgia House, and prior to the 2014 elections she planned to hire 800,000 new young and minority voters.

Kemp responded that year to the influx of new applications by starting an investigation into its practices. No accusation of wrongdoing was ever brought directly against the group and Abrams, her campaign said, is no longer involved in her activities.

In a tweet on Wednesday night, Kemp once again tried to put the burden of proof on the marked registrations of the New Georgia Project, saying that it had been filed & # 39; sloppy forms & # 39 ;.

"Now, (the Abrams campaign is) fires outrage for political gain," he wrote, insisting that the "53,000 Georgians on our & # 39; waiting & # 39; list can vote in the November 6 elections."

Throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, the Georgian Democrats have stepped up their efforts through social media and other channels to make their hotline & # 39; to promote. The state party in February became the first in the nation to employ a full-time watchdog for internal elections.

Kemp has also come under fire from lawyers for voting rights for canceling more than a million & # 39; inactive & # 39; voters from Georgia & # 39; s roles since becoming the highest election official of the state in 2010. The practice was confirmed by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling in June. The state cleared a total of 1.5 million voters between the 2012 and 2016 elections, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

The "exact match" system was used by Kemp's office from 2013 to 2016, where nearly 35,000 applications were rejected, with minorities being disproportionately affected, according to a court case that was handled in 2017. That agreement seemed to put an end to practice, but the GOP legislator quickly embedded it in new legislation.

Update: the headline and the story have been updated to indicate that the Abrams for Governor Campaign told CNN after publication that the campaign called for Brian Kemps to resign as state secretary, not the candidate himself.

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