'Brian Kemp tried to stop me from voting:' Georgia's GOP is obstructing Democratic votes statewide
Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state and current Republican candidate for governor, has been working at voter suppression for nearly a decade. Though he was only appointed to his position in 2010, under Kemp, the state has closed nearly 214 polling stations and purged millions of voters (nearly all of whom are black and brown) off the rolls. Civil rights organizations and disenfranchised voters have been suing Kemp for two years based on laws he’s been able to pass through the Republican-controlled Georgia legislature— like “use it or lose it,” which automatically purges voters who haven’t voted in three years and/or made contact with election officials, and “exact match,” which places voter registration applications on hold if the applications aren’t perfectly matched to the information in a person’s other official records.
All of this is to underscore two important things: Brian Kemp has been at this for a long time and he’s really good at it.
To get a sense of the voter suppression that is happening on the ground in real time, Daily Kos talked with LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and first-time voter Debashri Sengupta. Both had stories which demonstrate the various ways that Kemp has built an infrastructure that actively disenfranchises voters and is designed to hand Kemp the election.