Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has called on Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, her Republican opponent, to resign after a report that his office has kept more than 50,000 people from registering to vote.
Abrams’ campaign released a statement following a report from the Associated Press that featured records showing Georgia has put more than 53,000 voter registration applications on hold due to failing to meet the “exact match” standard set by the state. The applications, the vast majority of which were from African-Americans, were put on hold over minor issues like typos or a missing letter.
"As he has done for years, Brian Kemp is maliciously wielding the power of his office to suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters -- the majority of them people of color," an Abrams campaign spokeswoman said in a statement to CNN.
The spokeswoman added that Kemp should resign "so that Georgia voters can have confidence that their Secretary of State competently and impartially oversee this election."
Kemp’s campaign issued a statement denying the accusation, saying that "while outside agitators disparage this office and falsely attack us, we have kept our head down and remained focused on ensuring secure, accessible, and fair elections for all voters. The fact is that it has never been easier to register to vote and get engaged in the electoral process in Georgia, and we are incredibly proud to report this new record."
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