As Secretary of State, Kemp presides over the office responsible for overseeing the state’s elections. Critics say his widespread efforts to limit voting rights for as many Georgians as possible is in keeping with GOP election tactics.

“He has not, in my view, seen it really as his mission as secretary of state to encourage people to vote,” Bryan Sells, an Atlanta-based voting rights attorney who is suing Kemp over the “exact match” voter purge, told Mother Jones. “I think he’s been a willing player in a much larger strategy to do just the opposite, to prevent people from voting and discourage people from voting.”

As AMP reported, the voter purge affecting 107,000 people was part of an even larger effort to rid Georgia’s voter rolls of names that election officials felt should no longer be included:

Georgia is one of nine states that have recently adopted “use it or lose it” laws aimed at purging voters from the rolls if they have not voted in recent elections—which critics say undermines the democratic process.

Amid the news of voter suppression in her state, Abrams has called on voters whose rights are still intact to go to the polls in large numbers, both during early voting and on November 6, in order to offset Kemp’s efforts to suppress likely Democratic voters.

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