Kemp vs. New Georgia Project Makes National News

The controversy over some possible instances of voter fraud in Georgia made Fox News’ homepage on Friday.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp is investigating some allegedly fraudulent voter applications submitted by the New Georgia Project.

“There’s somebody clearly doing something wrong,” Kemp told Fox News.  “And we want to figure out who that is, and try to make sure that we stop that.  And bring charges against those people.”

“You don’t have to wear a hood — you don’t have to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan to be engaged in voter suppression,” said Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “We know voter suppression when we see it.”

19 comments

  1. Kemp is an idiot. He needs to take a page out of Rand Paul’s playbook today – Republicans should be the party of voters, not only some voters.

    Do some incentives exist for people doing registration to turn in false, incomplete or fake registration forms? At the margin, sure. But just like with credit card applications it’s up to the authority figure (in this case the SOS, in that case the credit card company) to sort through process the good ones and discard the bad ones.

    Are they going to really throw out (or put the brakes) on 50,000 registration forms because some idiot out there filled out 50 fake ones?

    Let me be clear – when you’re trying to register people if someone is standing in the way of that by turning in knowingly false ones, that person is impeding the cause.

    By the same token by hyperventilating about a microscopic problem, Kemp is no better than that person.

    • Bobloblaw says:

      By all means lets go for the black vote by letting liberal organization engage in voter fraud. BTW let’s see how many black votes Rand Paul gets.

      • You lost the point at “Black”. Have you intimate knowledge of the ethnicity demographic of those 50000 applicants? If so, can you share with the group your facts. or are you one more time crackerbarrel stereotyping voters by color?

    • RamblingRepub says:

      Let’s be clear. No one is throwing out or “putting the brakes” on voter registration forms. The registrations were processed accordingly at the county level. The plastic bins of paper being shown in the media are the checklists sent to inform the GA SOS of incoming registrations.

      What do these organizations have to gain by misinforming the public? Everything.

      • Will Durant says:

        Let’s be clear, by going in front of cameras and ranting about rampant fraud without submitting any evidence or numbers SoS Kemp started the hyperbole using misinformation. All we found out from last week’s special hearing of the Election Board is that the SoS was literally making a mountain out of a molehill with his blustering. If the 86,000 forms were to be stacked as high as Stone Mountain then the 25 alleged fraudulent ones would stand less than 6 inches in height. And even if he is allaying the blame on the counties for the unprocessed registrations don’t you think the BOLO issued by him to all 159 counties specific to the New Georgia Project won’t serve to delay their processing?

        Yes the investigation continues and I’m sure the number of rejected applications will climb. From Pew Research we find that that the nationwide average of rejected voter registrations was 8.6% in 2008, 13.4% in 2010, and 6.1% in 2012. This means that if we count the 26 suspicious ones along with the 25 purported fraudulent ones against the 35,000 forms purported to have been processed, The New Georgia Project is at 0.15% so far and should be receiving plaudits from the SoS.

        So other than self aggrandizement reminiscent of Oxendine we need to ponder his motives and who stands to gain “everything” with his misinformation. Beyond the pure partisan motive I would submit that he is working as a tool of the Perdue campaign specifically due to their almost instantaneous and suspiciously orchestrated reaction to his tv appearances with attempts to link Nunn to “Voter Fraud”. The usual suspect websites jumped on this bandwagon all with tangential links to Nunn the following day. But last Monday in a press release from the Perdue campaign we get, “…it is clear from their own campaign plan that Michelle Nunn is directly tied to the potentially illegal activities under investigation.”

        We are all aware of the leaked “campaign plan” with its citations from political consultants to the Nunn campaign staff of their perceived liabilities along with its recommendations on how they should be addressed. It is obvious from some of the attack ads that the Perdue campaign has used this information in their own playbook even to the point of continuing the now debunked link to terrorists by Points of Light. Unless this stunt fades into a total debacle I suspect there are some attack ads in the hopper to now accuse Nunn of participating in voter fraud as well. I would suggest that they need to revise this plan now before it gets worse for them than for Nunn.

        All that has been accomplished so far has been incentive for some of the racial politics that I know is still not in Georgia’s past as yet but something I hope will be someday. As Hassinger noted on the radio show this week Kemp’s actions are the equivalent to Georgia’s African Americans as telling a teenage daughter she can’t date a particular boy. I’m not sure that this ploy wasn’t also to incentivize the Republicans with some old fashioned White Fright either given the tone of the Fox News article linked here, but as I said, I’m hoping we get beyond this type of motivation from all sides.

  2. Cowabunga says:

    I’ve never had a negative opinion about this guy or really any of the republican leaders, except Deal. However, these people are all proving to be complete buffoons. They only one who acts like he has a clue is Cagle. Stupid.

  3. red state says:

    Media likes to portray things a certain way. Kemp just needs his communications director to damage control the response. If 20 people committed felonies would you decide not to purse them because its just 20 people? I don’t think so. This voter thing is like that. I think first people should understand the issue before calling him an idiot. Kemp is no idiot he is simply doing his job!

  4. Bobloblaw says:

    “””You don’t have to wear a hood — you don’t have to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan to be engaged in voter suppression,” said Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “We know voter suppression when we see it.””””

    Georgia Dems deserve to spend eternity in the wilderness. And it is evidence that the street agitators have no interest in a color blind society

    • Yes, I am sure it is uncomfortable to the snake when the stone is turned. Tell that racist claptrap to the Bob dude above who is a proud GOP voter. You can’t mock a man for calling a spade a shovel when both fit the description.

      • rightofcenter says:

        And yet you scolded Bob earlier for assuming that the New Voter Project was aimed at black voters (and by the way, the Democrats haven’t exactly hidden the fact that their present and future hinges on the turnout of the African American vote, and that they are doing everything they can to pump it up). It looks like you should scold Rev. Warnock too since he drags the Ku Klux Klan into the discussion. Hard to play a bigger race card than that.

    • NoTeabagging says:

      Nor do the DemoCraps and RepubliKlans for pushing gerrymandered districts based on carefully researched demographics and voting records.

    • HueyMahl says:

      “street agitators” = code word for racial slur. Nice one Bobby. You are a peach. And guess what, you are exactly the type of guy Reverand Warnock was talking about.

  5. Well, Hell. If Fox news reports it then it must be a fact. IN order to root out the possibility of fraud, lets just remove any candidates unless they are from God’s Party™ Ye Grande Olde Partay

    /s <—Internet speak for sarcasm

  6. KleeGA says:

    In the meantime, Sec. Kemp, how about processing those 51,000 +/- applications that have been sitting in your offices? Maybe you’ll find a few more fradulent apps, maybe not. But at least you would be doing your job, which is not to prevent voter registration in general, but rather TO PROCESS APPLICATIONS AND ISSUE VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS.

    • rightofcenter says:

      Perhaps you didn’t read the memo that the Secretary of State doesn’t process applications – the counties do?

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