With a little over three weeks to go before elections in close races for U.S. Senate and governor, an escalating fight between Georgia’s Republican secretary of state and a Democratic-leaning voter registration group is moving to court. Third Sector Development Inc., the parent nonprofit of the New Georgia Project that has been working to register minority voters, has filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court against Secretary of State Brian Kemp and five county election boards, claiming officials have failed to process tens of thousands of voter applications ahead of the Nov. 4 vote. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People joined the suit, which calls on the court to force the secretary of state and the boards to speed up processing the applications.
The New Georgia Project says it has submitted more than 80,000 new voter applications to county election boards. But the group now can’t find records of more than 40,000 of its applications, according to founder Stacey Abrams, a Democratic state representative.
“We are concerned that given the speed with which election day is approaching, that if we do not resolve this quickly, and through legal means, these will be 40,000 plus disenfranchised voters in the state of Georgia,” said Ms. Abrams at a Sunday press conference outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
The suit, filed Friday, comes weeks after Mr. Kemp launched an investigation into possible fraud on some applications submitted by the group.