Target: Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp
Goal: Process the 40,000 missing voter registrations immediately so that these people can vote in the upcoming election
The state of Georgia recently found that 40,000 voter registration applications mysteriously went missing shortly before the 2014 midterm elections. When civil rights activists petitioned Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court to force Georgia’s Secretary of State to process them before November 4, the judge dismissed them, calling the lawsuit “premature” in spite of the fact that the election is only days away.
Conservatives in the U.S. Have already been accused of trying to disenfranchise voters who are less likely to vote for them, including women, people of color, and young people. New voter registrations are usually for young people, and this year there was a huge surge in registrations for people of color in the wake of recent outrage over police shootings. It’s extremely likely that the majority of the missing applications come from these demographics.
There is absolutely no reason to delay processing these applications that never should have gone missing in the first place, especially since early voting has already begun in the state of Georgia. Sign this petition to demand that Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp immediately push the missing registrations through to avoid restricting the right to vote for these 40,000 individuals.
Dear Secretary Kemp,
As you know, 40,000 voter registrations in your state recently went missing and have therefore not yet been processed, though there is still time. Civil rights activists have even petitioned a judge to force you to push these registrations through so that the people they belong to could start voting in this year’s election, but refused because he said it was “premature.” I hope you realize that early voting in your state has already begun, and chances to vote are becoming fewer every day.
It’s unacceptable that these registrations went missing in the first place, but to delay their processing when the polls are already open is downright reprehensible. Any delay will only serve to further disenfranchise voters in your state. The ability to vote is essential for any free democracy, and every failure to get more people registered does our country a disservice.
I urge you to do your duty for your citizens and get those registration applications pushed through as quickly as possible. A lot of people have jobs and other obligations keeping them busy, so they might not have a chance to vote on November 4. Don’t participate in impeding democracy.
[Your Name Here]
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