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GOP Official Tries To Block People From Voting, Shut Down By Federal Judge

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In 2016, Donald Trump did not win the popular vote. Many, many more people voted for Hillary Clinton than him. Is that ever a talking point with the right-wing media? No. Why? Because they couldn’t give a toss about democracy, so long as they get their way.

We saw another horrific example of this very recently when a GOP official actively tried to block people from voting in the upcoming elections. Georgia’s Secretary of State is a man called Brian Kemp, who is also running for the governorship of the state in a tight race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp’s office tried to block certain groups from voting in the midterms and the governor vote based on a technicality, to the point that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought it to court.

I’ll say that again. A civil liberties group had to take a state’s Secretary of State to court because he was trying to block vast swathes of the electorate from voting. That, on its own, is a comprehensive indictment of modern American politics. Brian Kemp cares so little about democracy, the rule of law, the Constitution and even the integrity of his own office that he is fully willing to take away people’s right to vote – the most basic right there is – because it might help him get what he wants.

Before long, the case ended up on the desk of Judge Leigh Martin May of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, a woman who has her head screwed on (thank God). She patiently listened to the fatuous defence presented by Kemp’s team as to why it really is very democratic indeed that massive chunks of the eligible population should suddenly be unable to vote. Finally, though, she delivered her damning verdict.

May issued a restraining order to legally prevent Kemp and his cronies from attempting any more monkey business with Georgia’s election processes. Then, she essentially told the GOP official that he was completely in the wrong and that what he was saying didn’t make any sense at all (he really needed to hear that). And she was pretty brutal about it, too. Here’s what she said:

“The court does not understand how assuring that all eligible voters are permitted to vote undermines integrity of the election process. To the contrary, it strengthens it.”

Damn right! How about letting people exercise their basic democratic rights, Bri?

The verdict was welcomed by the ACLU. “This ruling protects the people of Georgia from those who seek to undermine their right to vote,” said Sophia Lakin, an ACLU attorney. “It’s a huge victory, especially with the midterms just days away.”

Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor – vote blue!


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