Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
Brian Kemp is the governor and former secretary of state of Georgia. In 2018, Kemp removed nearly 600,000 registered voters from the rolls.
The cancellation of voter registration in such massive numbers raises concerns especially because the secretary of state’s office used voters’ lack of electoral participation as justification for the move. Under the National Voter Registration Act and Help America Vote Act, using non-voting as a basis to purge registered voters from the rolls is prohibited.
Georgia’s election server was also wiped clean during the summer of 2018 after voting rights advocates filed a lawsuit asking the state to retire voting technology.
Leading up to the 2018 election, Kemp implemented procedures to close, move, or consolidate polling locations in order to suppress the vote of Georgians and rejected the registration of eligible Georgia voters. Without the voter suppression tactics he employed as secretary of state, Kemp would not have won his 2018 race for governor against Stacey Abrams.