Democrats Investigate Voter Suppression Claims In Georgia That Stacey Abrams Called Out

Source: Bustle
The new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is again flexing its oversight muscles. On Wednesday, House Democrats said they’ll investigate voter suppression claims in Georgia, months after a contentious election in the state brought backlash from voting rights advocates.The House Oversight Committee sent letters to Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday alerting them of the investigation. The letters indicated that the committee will look at issues relating to “voter registration, voter access, and other matters affecting the ability of people in Georgia to exercise their right to vote.”When Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia governor race to Kemp last November, she claimed that voter suppression had contributed to her loss. Her allegations centered around the fact that Kemp who was in charge of overseeing the election as secretary of state purged thousands of Georgians from voter rolls. These days, Abrams spends much of her time advocating for election reform in Georgia. She created the nonprofit Fair Fight that has funded voting rights ads and sued state election officials for mismanagement. Abrams was chosen by the Democratic Party to deliver its response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in February, and she made voting rights a focus of her speech.According to Wednesday’s letters, the House investigation will pay special attention to the election between Abrams and Kemp. “The Committee is particularly concerned by reports that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote and significant barriers to casting their votes during the 2018 election,” Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jamie Raskin wrote.More to come…