I just got an email from vote.org saying the following:

Georgia’s Secretary of State [Brian Kemp] put 53,000 brand new voter registration forms “on hold” based on a controversial exact-matching program that removes voters from the roll based on minor discrepancies on voter registration forms, such as apostrophes being in the wrong places. 70% of these “on hold” voters are African American

Unfortunately the email didn't provide citations.

This time article has even larger numbers.

But through a process that Kemp calls voter roll maintenance and his opponents call voter roll purges, Kemp’s office has cancelled over 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012. Nearly 670,000 registrations were cancelled in 2017 alone.

How could a skeptic see this as anything other than an attempt to suppress voter turn-out?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Oddthinking Oct 17 '18 at 12:29

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  • This has been covered by several news organizations. A quick search should turn up several articles. – Daniel R Hicks Oct 17 '18 at 11:59
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    What is your question -- whether the registrations were cancelled, whether they were cancelled by Brian Kemp, whether they were cancelled "based on minor discrepancies", whether this is unjust, or whether this is an attempt to suppress voter turn-out? Different things... – DevSolar Oct 17 '18 at 12:00
  • Actually Wikipedia has this covered. Which part are you still skeptical about? – DevSolar Oct 17 '18 at 12:04
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    The actual question at the bottom of your post is rhetorical rather than objective. To the extent that it calls for an answer, that answer is about how skeptics interpret the facts rather than the facts themselves. – Paul Johnson Oct 17 '18 at 12:49
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    "How could a skeptic see this as anything other than an attempt to suppress voter turn-out?" Ensuring no one person has more then one voter registration is a legitimate pursuit in preventing voter fraud. They're you go, skeptic. As to facts of this issue, if it was "open" voter suppression there would already be a lawsuit and they would be losing, since it's grossly illegal. The interesting facts for any skeptic would be why 70% are from a single minority race and whether this law is being applied equally to all registrations. – fredsbend Oct 17 '18 at 16:18

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