(Courtesy of Eonwe’s ongoing thread in the pit, I figured starting this thread in elections might be sensible.)
Now, it’s worth noting that the supreme court, in a 5-4 partisan split, has deemed this sort of purge legal. So let me make it clear that nobody has said that what Brian Kemp did is illegal. It is, however, deeply undemocratic; the kind of thing where there should be a law. In fact, there is a law! It’s just one with the kind of loophole you can drive a truck through - the kind of loophole a court paying attention to the intention of the lawmakers would have closed - hence the 5-4 split.
However, the scope of this is really somewhat stunning - 1 in 10 voters in Georgia were purged from the rolls as a result of this action, and it wasn’t until literally a day before Georgia’s voter registration closed (that was yesterday, for those keeping track) that a reporter could force the governor to disclose who was purged. We’re looking at at least 100,000 legitimate voters purged from the rolls, and purged in a way that is inherently biased in favor of the republican party and against minority voters, by a republican governor who knows he’s in a dead heat with his african-american opponent.
This is an utterly indefensible antidemocratic action, the kind that has been all too common lately among the GOP.