Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Kemp Whines About People Exercising Their Right To Vote
Republican Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp told a “Georgia Professionals for Kemp” event on Oct. 19 how concerned he was about Democratic Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout effort.
According to audio obtained by Rolling Stone, the Georgia Secretary of State complained about early voting and “the literally tens of millions of dollars that they [the Abrams camp] are putting behind the get-out-the-vote effort to their base”:
They have just an unprecedented number of that, which is something that continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote — which they absolutely can — and mail those ballots in, we gotta have heavy turnout to offset that.
The Kemp campaign confirmed the event took place, but refused to comment about Kemp’s anti-voting remarks.
Abigail Collazo, Director of Strategic Communications for the Abrams campaign, did respond to Rolling Stone:
Brian Kemp is barely trying to hide the shameful fact that his strategy is to win through voter suppression. The idea that he, as Secretary of State, would be ‘concerned’ that hardworking Georgians are exercising their right to vote is disgraceful and outrageous.
Kemp recently made news when he decided to suspend more than 53,000 voter applications, 70 percent of which were filed by black residents.
Kemp reportedly purged an estimated 107,000 voters in 2017 because they didn’t vote in the prior election. Kemp is being sued for leaving more than 6 million Georgia voting records open to hacking.
Kemp is also being sued by the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and Asian-American Advancing Justice-Atlanta lawsuit because an abnormal number of absentee ballots — 300 of which reportedly belong to black and Asian American voters — have been rejected in Gwinnett County.