Purging African-Americans from the voter rolls to stop Stacey Abrams:
My lawyer had to threaten Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp with a federal lawsuit to force him to turn over the names of over half a million voters whose citizenship rights he quietly extinguished. This past week, I released the name of every one of these Georgia voters Kemp flushed from voter rolls in 2017. If you’re a Georgia resident, check the list. If your name is on it, re-register right now. You only have through tomorrow (October 9).
It’s no coincidence that Georgia’s Purge’n General is also running for Governor: The Republican candidate is fighting a dead-even race against Stacey Abrams, Democratic House Minority Leader. Abrams, if she wins, would become the first Black woman governor in US history.
Been seeing this on social media for several days now, and I figured we'd better dig in to make sure they don't try this crap in NC:
I brought in one of the nation’s top mailing database experts, Mark Swedlund, and his team to go through the list, name by name. Among the voters purged are thousands who supposedly left the state but remain in Georgia. Thousands more are people who moved from one end of town to another and lost their vote — and we even found one who simply moved from one apartment to another in the same building.
These registration cancellations are therefore dead wrong and, say voting law experts, coldly break the law.
That is why Gerald Griggs, counsel for the Atlanta NAACP, and voting rights attorney Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project (a nonpartisan voter registration initiative), are joining in my suit against Kemp.
We’ll be hauling Kemp into federal court to force him to open the records to which the public is entitled under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 — provisions meant to prevent just this type of voter roll shenanigan. In particular, we’re forcing him to disclose the complete detailed process that led to each voter’s removal.
If you'll recall, they purged the Florida voter rolls in the run-up to George Bush's theft of the Presidency in 2000, disenfranchising thousands of mostly poor, mostly black voters. And just like what's going on in Georgia, that was not about maintaining an "accurate" list, it was about shaving points off in a close election. And the people who got shaved off were (in fact) denied their Constitutional rights.
Make no mistake, NC's Republicans will do that here whenever they can get away with it. We already place too much emphasis on voter roll "maintenance," which includes sending out postcards, a practice that really needs to be discontinued. In this high-tech era of massive database storage, you could have every voter's life story on file, and still have room for a whole bunch of other stuff. So don't tell me keeping those databases "lean" is critical. What's critical is, preserving every voter's ability to add a guiding voice to our government. Anything else is just pure prejudicial nonsense.