Jimmy Carter to Brian Kemp: Resign as Secretary of State
ormer President Jimmy Carter weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Georgia gubernatorial race, calling for Republican nominee Brian Kemp — who oversees elections as Georgia’s secretary of state — to resign from his position. “I have officially observed scores of doubtful elections in many countries, and one of the key requirements for a fair and trusted process is that there be non-biased supervision of the electoral process,” Carter wrote in a note obtained by the Associated Press.
Georgia’s governor race has drawn headlines throughout the heated midterm cycle for widespread accusations of voter suppression against Kemp. The Republican is running against Democrat Stacey Abrams, the first female African-American gubernatorial nominee in U.S. history.
Kemp recently suspended over 53,000 voter applications, 70 percent of which were reportedly filed by black residents, for violating Georgia’s “exact match” verification standard. He also allegedly purged an estimated 107,000 voters last year for not voting in the prior election. The politician is facing multiple lawsuits — including one for leaving over 6 million Georgia voting records vulnerable to hacking, and another following reports that an abnormally high number of absentee ballots were rejected in the state’s most racially diverse county, Gwinnett.
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