In yet another crazy conspiracy theory to undermine our electoral process, Democrats across the country are accusing Brian Kemp of "stealing" Georgia's gubernatorial election against Stacey Abrams. The accusation is based on 53,000 voter registration applications that have been flagged as "pending" by the Secretary of State's office. Democrats are all up in arms because these 53,000 people won't be allowed to vote. The only problem? A pending voter registration doesn't prevent you from voting.
This issue goes back to a state law that requires the address in your voter registration file match the address with the DMV. If there is a discrepancy, you will need to present photo ID to verify your information to obtain an absentee ballot or vote at your polling place. If you provide the ID (which is required to vote in Ga anyways), you can still vote in the November election. The "pending" term essentially amounts to a clerical designation. But Democrats seem hellbent on telling Georgians who are on the list they cannot vote, which could cause some people to stay home.
For some reason, Stacey Abrams seems more intent on undermining the credibility of our elections than she is on trying to win. Either that, or her campaign is willing to trade a few thousand inner city minority votes to convince suburban voters that Kemp is a monster. No matter how you slice it, it's very puzzling. Democrats and the media are suggesting to voters that their vote doesn't count, and they shouldn't bother voting. Frankly, it's an embarrassment.
Representative Bert Reeves has an excellent op-ed on the issue here.