Former President Jimmy Carter made an urgent personal plea for Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to resign from office rather than continue to erode public confidence in a hotly fought election race rife with accusations of voter repression by Kemp in his role as the supervisor of the election and its voter registration process.
While many Democrats have already called for Kemp to resign from his Secretary of State position as an obvious conflict of interest with his candidacy given his role in rejecting over 50,000 voter registration applications – the majority from African-Americans in a race where his Democratic opponent is a Black woman – the 92-year-old Carter sent a personal letter to the Republican candidate that will hopefully carry sufficient moral authority to convince Kemp to take action to restore integrity to an election already severely compromised by typical GOP voter suppression tactics.
As Georgia’s longest established political figure, Carter’s words should carry weight, however, since the ex-president is a Democrat, he is counting on his post-presidential experience as an international election monitor in numerous countries around the world to help hammer his point about the necessity of eliminating any appearance that the Georgia race is anything but free and fair.
“One of the key requirements for a fair and trusted process is that there be a nonbiased supervision of the electoral process,” Carter wrote, adding that stepping aside “would be a sign that you recognize the importance of this key democratic principle and want to ensure the confidence of our citizens in the outcome.”
Carter’s personal letter to Kemp was sent last week and subsequently obtained by The Associated Press who revealed its contents today. While the news organization was unable to ascertain whether Kemp has read the letter yet, suffice it to say that no resignation announcement has yet to be issued by Kemp’s office.
It’s not certain that at this late date just days before the election, Kemp’s resignation would have anything more than a symbolic effect on the optics of the voting process, given that it would have little practical effect on voter registrations at this point. However, with Republicans around the country doing everything they can to prevent eligible voters from exercising their rights, it’s even more important than ever to make sure that a massive voter turnout can negate any suppression efforts the GOP can muster.
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