Tens of thousands of Georgia residents have submitted all required documentation, but have still not received a voter registration card, and so will be denied a chance to participate in Tuesday’s important midterm election.

Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn Photo: Examiner.com
Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn Photo: Examiner.com

And there’s likely nothing they can do about it.

Yesterday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher denied a petition from voter rights advocates that would have forced the Georgia Secretary of State to process an estimated 40,000 voter registration forms now missing from a public database.

As reported two weeks ago, voter registration drives sponsored by the New Georgia Project had collected the necessary forms from an estimated 80,000 people around the state. But while voters in affluent communities seemed to receive their registration cards in a timely fashion, over half of those who applied, mostly those from poorer and predominantly minority neighborhoods, were still waiting, some as long as six months, and there was no record of these potential voters in the system.

After negotiations with Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp proved fruitless, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the Georgia NAACP, which served as legal representatives for New Georgia, sued.

Dr. Francys Johnson, President of the Georgia NAACP, called Tuesday’s court decision “outrageous.”

“[A] Republican appointed judge has backed the Republican Secretary of State to deny the right to vote to a largely African American and Latino population,” Johnson said.

This is not merely academic. In July, Kemp was recorded telling a group of Georgia GOP insiders that he was concerned Democrats were registering too many minority voters. In September, Kemp launched a fraud investigation into the New Georgia Project’s registration drive, though he has never said why he suspected fraud.


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