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Oct 15, 2018

Primer: GA Faces Lawsuit Over Voting Requirement That Disproportionately Affects Black Voters

Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is facing a lawsuit for the state’s exact match voter-registration requirement. Under the protocol, registrations can be placed on hold for minor discrepancies, such as a misplaced hyphen, between the application form and the state’s records. The state legislature passed the current version of exact match into law after Kemp had to abandon implementing the system as an administrative rule due to lawsuit that prompted a legal settlement. The old version of the protocol allowed him to purge registrations with exact match issues from the rolls after 40 days if the voter doesn’t address the discrepancy, while the current law gives applicants 26 months to fix the issue. An AP report found 53,000 voter registrations in Georgia are currently on hold, 70 percent of them from African Americans. It’s important to note that those with registrations on hold will be able to vote in November if they show an ID that…

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