Last-Minute Lawsuit Seeks to Remove Georgia's Brian Kemp from Election Duties Because of His Blatant Conflict of Interest
On Tuesday, MSNBC reported that a new emergency lawsuit has been filed, seeking to remove Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is also currently running for governor of the state, from his post for the remainder of the 2018 midterm election.
The lawsuit, filed by Democratic voters in Georgia, could have last-minute implications on election night, and could also force Kemp to recuse himself in the event that the gubernatorial race goes to a runoff. The lawsuit states that "It would be improper, unfair, and contrary to the due process of law for Kemp to have the power to certify the winners of the 2018 elections."
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Kemp, who is facing former state Senate Minority Leader and first-ever African-American woman gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, has been repeatedly accused of voter suppression tactics that disproportionately block minorities from casting a ballot, and has been ordered to restore some voter registrations by a federal judge in a separate lawsuit. His obstacles to the ballot are so severe that he himself had problems when he went to the polls to vote for himself.
Georgia is experiencing a massive surge of voter turnout, particularly among young voters. But under Kemp's administration of the polls, voters are experiencing massive lines and technical problems as they try to cast ballots. Kemp has dismissed calls for him to resign or recuse himself as "ridiculous."