Brian Kemp on Government Reform
Stricter voter ID laws against threat of illegal voters
The wide-open race for Georgia governor seems likely to resurface a long-running feud between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams over voter rights. Kemp, who as secretary of state is Georgia's top elections official, and Abrams, the
House minority leader and head of a voter registration group, have long sparred over election policy.
The two have long been on opposite sides of the debate over elections issues, with Kemp advocating for stricter voter ID laws to prevent what he
called the threat of illegal voters casting ballots and Abrams contending those new rules could disenfranchise minorities, the disabled and the elderly.
But they clashed the sharpest during the 2014 after Abrams new voter registration group, the New
Georgia Project, which said it submitted 86,000 voter registration forms during the 2014 cycle, but Kemp's office argued that tens of thousands of applications were either missing or had not been properly submitted.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2018 Georgia governor race
, Apr 11, 2017
Protect our elections from fraud with Voter ID
Protecting our elections from fraud and criminal activity is a top priority for Secretary Kemp. He is a strong and vocal advocate for Voter ID laws requiring voters to show some form of identification to vote. When the Obama Justice Department and
liberals in Washington tried to undermine Kemp's common sense election protection measures like the verification of citizenship of new registered voters, he sued them in federal court and won.
Secretary Kemp also implemented his Stop Voter Fraud
website and Voter Fraud Hotline allowing citizens to report questionable election activities online or by phone. Additionally, Kemp's Investigations Division increased its partnerships with state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute
Under Secretary Kemp's leadership, Georgia's elections are secure, accessible and fair. Kemp continues his efforts every day to stop voter fraud and make it as easy as possible for all citizens to participate in the democratic process.
Source: 2018 Georgia Governor campaign website KempMeansBusiness.com
, Mar 15, 2017
Some say voter fraud is no big deal: Not on my watch
The foundation of our democracy, of our entire way of life, is the election process. Some argue that voter fraud does not exist or that the occasional indiscretions by different interest groups or rogue campaign workers are not a big deal. Who cares
if some absentee ballots are fraudulent? What is the problem if a small group of non-citizens vote? They make excuses and trivialize these violations usually to advance their own political agenda, but what they are actually doing is undermining our
entire way of life. It only takes one thrown election....before people lose faith.
This is not some hypothetical, philosophical, political theory. It is a reality found every day in countries around the world.
The outcome of failed elections and lost faith is violence and chaos. To anyone, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, who seeks to undermine that process and rig the results, I have a simple response. Not on my watch.
Source: GA Secretary of State campaign website VoteBrianKemp.com
, May 23, 2010
Require voter ID to ensure purity of elections
Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to form of proper identification at polls, so as to change the forms of identification that are acceptable at the polls. It shall be the duty of the State Election Board to
obtain uniformity in their practices and proceedings and legality and purity in all primaries and elections. Each voter shall present proper identification to a poll worker prior to admission to the polling place.
Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following: A Georgia driver's license; a valid Georgia voter identification card; or a valid United States passport.
Passed Senate 32-22-0 on Jan. 24, vote #599; Sen. Kemp voted YES; passed House 111-60-6 on Jan. 25, vote #564; signed by Gov. Perdue Jan. 26.
Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 84
, Jan 24, 2006
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