Brian Kemp’s personal response to a Democrat’s search for voting data

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp boards a plane kicking off a statewide tour ahead of the 2016 election. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp boards a plane kicking off a statewide tour ahead of the 2016 election. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Secretary of State Brian Kemp put a little edge on his response to a Democratic lawmaker’s Open Records Act request.

The Republican sent a personal reply to state Rep. Scott Holcomb’s request seeking details of illegal voting in the wake of Donald Trump’s latest false claim that millions of fraudulent ballots were cast in November.

Kemp opened the letter by praising “strict voter ID and voter verification laws” as a reason Georgia had no cases of illegal votes in 2016 – an implicit dig at Democrats who cast the 2008 legislation as an unnecessary burden that restricted ballot access for poor and elderly voters.

“Despite allegations that this law would suppress minority participation,” he wrote, “the state has seen increased minority participation since 2006.”

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He added that the office has open investigations into a handful of cases of double-voting – residents who cast ballots twice – but he said that would only have been possible if county election officials failed to follow rules.

“Although I have confidence in Georgia’s elections, I cannot speak to other states that do not have these same protections,” Kemp wrote in closing. “I appreciate the concern you share for protecting Georgia’s voter rolls, and I look forward to your support of future legislation that will continue to enhance this security.”

Holcomb offered his own response to Kemp’s response on Facebook:

“Secretary Kemp replied to my open records act request regarding voter fraud in Georgia. The summary: the 8th most populous state had more than 4 million votes cast and there is an investigation into fewer than 10 voters who may have double-voted.”

He added: “I appreciate Secretary Kemp for his timely response.”

Read Kemp’s whole letter here.

Insider’s note: A version of this appeared in the Morning Jolt.

 


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