Carol Anderson, a professor of African-American studies at Emory University (I call Emory attendees and professors "Emrhoids" on my radio show), has an op-ed in the New York Times claiming the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, Brian Kemp, is an "enemy of democracy." To get there, she and the New York Times fact checkers leave out some seriously important data.
Mr. Kemp also used Exact Match, a version of the infamous Crosscheck database, to put tens of thousands of citizens in electoral limbo, refusing to place them on the rolls if an errant hyphen, a stray letter or a typographical error on someone’s voter registration card didn’t match the records of the state’s driver’s license bureau or the Social Security office. Using this method, Mr. Kemp blocked nearly 35,000 people from the voter rolls. Equally important, African-Americans, who made up a third of the registrants, accounted for almost 66 percent of the rejected applicants. And Asian-Americans and Latino voters were more than six times as likely as whites to have been stymied from registering.
How does that translate into the real world?
Despite Georgia having an aggressive voter ID law, both black and Hispanic voter registration rates are exceeding white rates.
Elections data reviewed by the AJC show that participation among black voters rose by 44 percent from 2006 — before the law was implemented — to 2010. For Hispanics, the increase for the same period was 67 percent. Turnout among whites rose 12 percent.
And what about after 2010? The Atlanta Journal redid its analysis after the 2016 election when Anderson claims Kemp was willfully and wantonly blocking black voters from votings.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of voter registration data shows minority voter registration rose 23 percent. White registration rose 15 percent, and still accounts for nearly 57 percent of the state’s voters.
Anderson and the New York Times also failed to note that the federal government requires states to clean up their voter rolls. Kemp's purported purging of voter rolls is actually in compliance with federal law -- a federal law supported by Democrats no less.
It should also be noted that the rejection of new voters came at the county level, not at the Secretary of State's level. Also, it should be noted that many of those voters rejected came from a program launched by Stacey Abrams, the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee in Georgia. Her group apparently failed to comply with registration requirements in many cases.
What is really going on here is that the Democrats know they are going to lose in November. They are staking their claim to a progressive turnout. When it does not happen, they have to blame something. So they will blame the Russians and voter suppression. The truth does not matter, just the spin.