GOP Gov Candidate Who Is Suppressing the Vote Admits He’s Afraid of Everyone Voting

Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor of Georgia, has been taking shady actions that read to a lot of people as voter suppression, but conservatives keep dismissing these claims as nonsense. But what if Kemp were caught on tape admitting he doesn’t want everyone in Georgia to vote – would that be proof enough that he’s trying to block minorities from voting?

Well, Republicans are going to have to think of an answer quickly because it’s not a hypothetical. Rolling Stone obtained a tape of a closed-door campaign event where Kemp said the efforts of his opponent, Stacy Abrams, to get out of the vote, “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote.”

Uh, since when in a democracy is it a “concern” that people are actually voting? Kemp is tacitly saying that if everyone in the state turns out to vote, he’ll lose the election. Keep in mind that Kemp currently serves as the secretary of state for Georgia, meaning that he’s in charge of elections and should be demonstrating a commitment to wanting all people to fairly cast their ballots.

It’s a total conflict of interest for Kemp to be in charge of the state’s elections while simultaneously running for Georgia’s highest office, particularly when he has every motivation not to see everyone vote. It’s no wonder that Abrams has called on Kemp to step down as secretary of state, and tens of thousands of Care2 members have signed a petition concurring that Kemp needs to vacate his role as secretary of state.

Let’s reexamine the steps Kemp has taken recently to significantly tilt the scales in his own favor. Most famously, he stalled the registration of 53,000 voters on nebulous grounds. It looks extra suspicious when you consider 70 percent of the registrants are black in a state with a 30 percent African American population – does Kemp not want the black turnout to be high for the country’s first black female governor nominee? Don’t his own recorded words acknowledge as much?

After that, it came out that, in the previous two years, Kemp has purged over 300,000 voters from the official voter rolls under the argument that they’ve become inactive. Whether or not you agree that tidying up the bookkeeping is necessary, it’s hard to argue that it’s not self-serving for Kemp because if the same people who usually vote vote this time, Republicans will win. If the disenchanted voters who went dormant are finally read to cast votes for a change, well, Kemp probably wouldn’t benefit from their renewed interest.

Oh, and let’s not forget that Kemp is the only secretary of state in the whole damn country to not accept Homeland Security’s help in protecting voting machines from outside hacking. What’s so bad about having securer elections?

The bottom line is that no ethical politician should be finding ways to suppress the vote. The fact that Kemp is scared that people might exercise their right to vote (despite him trying to disenfranchise quite a lot of them!) is sufficient reason alone that he should not be secretary of state or the governor for that matter.

Take Action

Keeping signing this petition imploring Kemp to step down as secretary of state. Since he can’t be trusted to run this election fairly, Georgia deserves to have someone else at the helm.

While you’re at it, sign this second petition calling for an end to voter suppression tactics throughout the country.

53 comments

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson5 months ago

Thank you.

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Ingrid A
Past Member 5 months ago

thanks for this

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

voting machines are all hackable.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

No, he clearly should not be in charge of election if he is standing for election.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

get out and vote

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hELEN h
hELEN hEARFIELD5 months ago

tyfs

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld5 months ago

Susanne R.,
Yes. Spellcheck strikes again. I have information about ballots submitted this year already. That was the practice in previous years. This is less an issue about suppression, than legal voting. In recent years, the majority of fraud cases have centered around absentee ballots. Remember Florida in 2000?

Hate was Rhobertas choice of words. Many here (and elsewhere) have referred to the hate vocalized by the left and right towards each other recently. Those that claim one side has a monopoly on hate (or anger) are ignoring half the problem.

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 months ago

Dan: Did you mean "provisional" and not "provincial"?

I haven't been able to find any information to back up your claim that alleged "questionable" ballots submitted before the court ruling weren't disposed of but, of course, that doesn't mean that it isn't true. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough. However, even if it is true, there is an important issue that you're overlooking:

"Voter suppression isn't only about blocking the vote," she [Stacey Abrams] said during a debate with Kemp on Tuesday. "It is also about creating an atmosphere of fear, making people worry that their votes won't count." That would make me very angry!

Hate is a strong word. Maybe Rhoberta is exhibiting her anger and frustration with Republican voter suppression and America's downward slide since trump assumed the role of president.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld5 months ago

Rhoberta E.,
The court ruled that absentee ballots with mismatched signature could not be tossed out immediately. Rather the ballots would be marked provincial, pending verification from the voter. This is a change from past practices, whereby questionable ballots were discarded. I think you are the one blinded by hate - hate for those with whom you disagree.

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