Elijah Cummings Probes Georgia Voter Suppression
House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is launching an investigation into allegations of voter suppression in Georgia’s November midterm elections. RepublicanBrian Kemp, then Georgia’s Secretary of State, eked out a win over Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in a contentious gubernatorial race that had numerous voting irregularities. Cummings and Civil Rights Subcommittee Chair Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said in letters to Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday that they are “investigating recent reports of serious problems with voter registration, voter access, and other matters affecting the ability of people in Georgia to exercise their right to vote.” They cited reports that Kemp’s office has purged more than 1 million voters and closed more than 200 polling places in recent years. The pair are requesting a laundry list of files and documents related to reports of voting problems in recent elections. As Secretary of State, Kemp drew a lot of criticism for championing a contentious “exact match” voting law that disproportionately affects Black voters and alleging a hacking attempt into the voter registration system days before the midterms. Advocates successfully challenged some of Georgia’s election laws and procedures, including policies that resulted in a disproportionate number of rejected absentee ballots in a majority-minority county. Abrams has since formed a new organization, Fair Fight Georgia, aimed at battling voter suppression. The group has filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia elections officials, alleging that they “grossly mismanaged” the 2018 election and violated Georgians’ constitutional and civil rights. Kemp has dismissed the inquiry saying, “they need to quit playing politics up there.” More here.