Jimmy Carter Calls on Brian Kemp to Resign Over Massive Voter Suppression In Georgia
Jimmy Carter is seen as one of the kindest and most patient men to ever to hold the presidency. It is very uncommon to hear him criticize the actions of a fellow politician.
The actions of Brian Kemp, however, have been extreme to the point that Carter felt the need to opine. The Associated Press has obtained a letter in which Carter urges Kemp to resign as Georgia’s Secretary of State.
The 94-year-old Carter believes that Kemp has not fulfilled his duty to hold fair elections. Carter wrote, “One of the key requirements for a fair and trusted process is that there be a nonbiased supervision of the electoral process.”
The former 39th President continued, “stepping down would be a sign that you recognize the importance of this key democratic principle and want to ensure the confidence of our citizens in the outcome.”
Carter, a former governor of Georgia, has endorsed Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams in her race against Kemp. Fair elections are a passion of his as in his retirement he’s opened the Carter Center.
The Carter Center is focused on monitoring elections around the world to ensure their fairness. According to their website, the goal of the Carter Center is to, ” work globally to advance democratic elections and governance consistent with universal human rights.”
Kemp has come under fire for actions that seem aimed at suppressing Georgia’s minority voters. This includes the purge of over 340,000 voters from the rolls. Kemp’s office has also held up the registration applications of over 53,00o people, many of them African-American.
The race between Kemp and Abrams is very tight, with polls showing Kemp with around a 2 point lead. Every vote will count, which makes potential voter suppression that much more effective.
The criticism from Carter could hurt Kemp. While Georgia is a red state, Carter is remembered fondly for his temperament and general decency.