If you’ve been paying close attention to the upcoming Midterms, then you know that 50,000 new Georgia voter registrations have gone missing since they were submitted to state and local officials.
Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brian Kemp, is insisting that the registrations aren’t missing and that all registrations that were submitted prior to the deadline have been processed.
On Tuesday, a judge agreed with Kemp and rejected a request by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the NAACP, and the New Georgia Project to intervene.
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
The decision came after a two-hour hearing Friday, during which Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher seemed skeptical of a lawsuit that sought what he called an “extraordinary legal remedy.”
“What does the law require that they haven’t done?” Brasher asked during the hearing. “That’s what I’m a bit fuzzy about here.”
What you may not know is, according to Al Jazeera, there is an organized cross country effort to scrub minority voters from the rolls. According to Al Jazeera, “Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls” and “Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk.”
The Crosscheck program is supposed to be a list of double voters, but Republicans have coordinated across state lines to use the system as a way of disenfranchising minority voters:
The three states’ lists are heavily weighted with names such as Jackson, Garcia, Patel and Kim — ones common among minorities, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, fully 1 in 7 African-Americans in those 27 states, plus the state of Washington (which enrolled in Crosscheck but has decided not to utilize the results), are listed as under suspicion of having voted twice. This also applies to 1 in 8 Asian-Americans and 1 in 8 Hispanic voters. White voters too — 1 in 11 — are at risk of having their names scrubbed from the voter rolls, though not as vulnerable as minorities.
If even a fraction of those names are blocked from voting or purged from voter rolls, it could alter the outcome of next week’s electoral battle for control of the U.S. Senate — and perhaps prove decisive in the 2016 presidential vote count.