For Immediate Release
October 11, 2018
Brian Kemp is Suppressing the Vote in Georgia and He Must Be Stopped
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Brian Kemp, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate, is taking advantage of his role as current secretary of state in order to put a hold on more than 53,000 voter registration applications, a move widely seen as an attempt to improperly silence Georgia voters. EMILYs List Senior Director of Campaign Communications Julie McClain Downey released the following statement:
“This is a blatant abuse of power and a suppression of the democratic rights of Georgians. It's clear why Brian Kemp has refused the calls for him to step down as secretary of state while he runs for governor: he is using his position to rob communities of color of their voices in this election. This is the most recent example in Kemp's long history of cancelling registrations and undermining voting access for the state's minority populations. No matter one's political party, we must all come together to call on Brian Kemp to do the right thing and stop holding up voter registrations for his own political gain. In the long-term, the only way to end this type of assault on civil rights is to defeat Brian Kemp on November 6th.”
Voters who have questions or are concerned about the status of their registrations can contact the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Voter Protection Hotline at 1-888-730-5816.
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