Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has repeatedly made efforts to disenfranchise Georgia’s voters. Last night, during the debate between Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and his opponent, Stacey Abrams, Kemp said that if the election were to come to a recount, he would not step down from his role overseeing elections as secretary of state. NAL Founder and President Sayu Bhojwani issued the following statement:

“We strongly urge Brian Kemp to recuse himself from any involvement in or control over the elections process in Georgia for the remainder of the governor’s campaign of which he is a part of. It’s no coincidence that under Kemp’s watch 53,000 voter applications in Georgia ― It’s no coincidence that under Kemp’s watch 53,000 voter applications in Georgia ― nearly 70 percent of which are from Black voters with additional from AAPI and New American communities ― are on hold for verification just ahead of the midterm elections. ― are on hold for verification just ahead of the midterm elections. Over the last eight years, in fact, Kemp has been involved in limiting the pool of registered voters using a process that’s well-known to be error prone and disproportionately affects Black and Latinx voters. His ability to impartially maintain the list of registered voters is compromised, and Kemp’s involvement threatens public confidence in the integrity of our elections. He must cease overseeing the election for the sake of the people of Georgia.”

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