Brian Kemp, Georgia's foreign minister and Republican nominee for the Governor of Georgia, said at an event that the electoral turnout of his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams keeps us busy, especially if everyone uses and exercises their electoral rights. 19659002] Rolling Stone .
A participant in the event "Georgia Professionals for Kemp" reported that they have recorded 21 minutes and 12 seconds of the evening, which took place last Friday at the Blind Pig Parlor bar near Atlanta Buckhead neighborhood. As evidence of their presence, the source shared Rolling Stone a receipt of their donation granting access to the assembly.
Shortly after Kemp began his remarks, the candidate expressed concern about early elections and "The literally tens of millions of dollars they [the Abrams camp] put behind efforts to trigger their base."
Kemp then claimed that a large portion of Abrams' efforts focused on postal ballot applications. "They have only an unprecedented number of them," he said, "which keeps us busy, especially if everyone is using and exercising their right to vote ̵
It is quite typical of a political candidate who expresses confidence in his campaign to lament the efforts of his opponent to increase turnout. But Kemp's position as Georgian foreign minister weakens his statements. While it is not uncommon for someone in such a position to be in a poll during an election he or she is supervising – they must stand for reelection – the state's top election official, who speaks of "concern," Increased early and absentee ballots raise further questions about a conflict of interest.
Kemp's recent decision to suspend more than 53,000 voter motions of which 70 percent were filed by blacks for violating the state "Exact match" verification standard has at its mercy called attention to restrictive electoral law and the elimination of electoral rights. American Public Media reported last week that Kemp adjusted an estimated 107,000 voters last year, simply because they had not voted in the previous election. He is also being sued for leaving more than 6 million votes open for the elections in Georgia .
Kemp, a staunch supporter of Trump, who has repeated the President's language regarding Russia's electoral blending, was also the nation's only foreign minister refusing assistance to the Homeland Security Authority prior to the 2016 elections . Another reason why Kemp's "suffrage" significance is alarming is that he faces another lawsuit, reports an abnormal number of electoral cards – 595, more than a third of the state's total and 300 of the allegedly black and Asian-American voters – were rejected in the most racist province of Gwinnett. The Georgia Muslim Voter Project and the Asian-American Advancing Justice Atlanta filed suit last Monday asking three days after the election for rejected voters to settle the matter so that their ballots count.
All of these reports have led to charges that Kemp suppresses votes; In his remarks on Friday, he claimed Abrams did the same. He invited the participants to turn to the people to support him. "If you write back and say, I'm a conservative, republican woman and I've got 15 mailers talking about how bad Brian Kemp is." This is someone we have to talk to. [Be] because they do that for a reason. You do this to suppress your voice. "
Abrams Campaign Director Abigail Collazo said," Brian Kemp barely tries to conceal the shameful fact that his strategy is to win through the voter oppression. The idea that he, as foreign minister, would be "worried" that hard-working Georgians exercise their right to vote is scandalous and outrageous.
Collazo reiterated the earlier views of her campaign for Kemp's resignation.
"Brian Kemp should resign immediately so that Georgians can be confident that the election will be impartial and competent," she said.