Mainstream media has pounced upon the idea that voter suppression took place during the midterms in Georgia without offering any solid evidence thereof, infers Rich Lowry of National Review. Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, did oversee the election as he was secretary of state, but this is not against the rules, nor unprecedented. Some have alleged that polling places were shut down to disenfranchise potential Democratic voters. However, lack of funds and lack of use and accessibility for disabled people meant some polling places were inadequate to begin with. Accusations of voter suppression are unfounded.
The Georgia governor’s race was tainted with voter suppression tactics that largely targeted minority and Democratic areas, reports Khushbu Shah of The Guardian. The Republican candidate, Brian Kemp, oversaw the election he took part in. His administration purged 1.5 million people from voting rolls between 2012 and 2016. While many of these were legitimate, hundreds of thousands were not. Most of these people happened to be minorities in Democrat-favoring areas. Polling precincts in such places were also moved shortly before the election. Highly questionable tactics were used to prevent certain people from voting in Georgia.