Hexbyte Tech News Wired Midterm Elections 2018: Georgia Voting Machine Issues Heighten Scrutiny on Brian Kemp

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has led an aggressive purge of the state’s voting rolls.

Leah Millis/Reuters

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has led an aggressive purge of the state’s voting rolls.

Leah Millis/Reuters

If former state representative Stacey Abrams wins the race for governor of Georgia, she would be the US’s first black woman governor. She’s running in a tightly contested race against sitting secretary of state Brian Kemp, who in his official capacity as overseer of Georgia’s voter rolls has fought hard the past few months to remove people from the active voter lists who might be inclined to vote for Abrams. He’s been accused of targeting black voters specifically, purging them from voter rolls. Black people make up 30.2 percent of Georgia’s population, according to the US Census.

Many have said Kemp should have stepped down as secretary of state, citing a conflict of interest between his role as the guardian of the vote and as a candidate on the ballot. New questions around Kemp’s oversight of the election flared Tuesday amid problems with voting in some parts of the state. Late Tuesday, a group of Georgian voters filed a lawsuit requesting an injunction to prevent Kemp from overseeing the vote count, writing that they have “reasonable belief that Kemp will not be a fair judge of the outcome of the elections and will exercise his official duties in a biased manner that denies them the right to cast an effective vote.” The plaintiffs request someone new be appointed to certify the outcome of the vote.1

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