A federal judge rules that Georgia must count all votes, cites Kemp’s ‘failure’ to do his job
On Monday, a federal judge in Georgia ordered a delay in certifying the state’s election results until Friday. The ruling cited the fact that thousands of provisional ballots have not yet been counted by election officials, as well as lingering concerns about the state’s voter registration system. As Mother Jones reports, the voter registration system problems are a reflection of the poor performance of Republican Brian Kemp, who recently resigned as secretary of state after declaring himself the winner in a governor’s race that is still too close to call.
A federal judge on Monday ordered officials in Georgia to review thousands of provisional ballots that have not been counted, citing the “substantial likelihood” that Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who until last week was Georgia’s Secretary of State and therefore oversaw election rules in the state, had failed to “properly maintain a reliable and secure voter registration system.”
In other words, Brian Kemp didn’t do his job as Georgia’s top election official. And after failing to maintain the state’s voter registration system, making it as difficult as possible to vote in majority black and brown districts, and purging more than 1 million voters from the rolls, Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans still think he should be given the keys to the governor’s mansion. Thank goodness for the courts and the tenacity of Georgia Democrats and the campaign of Democrat Stacey Abrams, who refuses to concede this election until every vote is counted.