With the November midterm elections less than two weeks away, more and more Americans are choosing to vote early. According to the NAACP in Georgia, however, early voting has been difficult for some black voters, with reports of voting machine touchscreen malfunctions and vote-switching coming from all over the state. Khyla D. Craine, the NAACP’s assistant general counsel, explains to The Root
, “We’ve seen issues across the state of Georgia, and not just the Atlanta Metroplex. We’ve seen this in central Georgia and have seen issues in southeastern Georgia, near Savannah.” The Georgia governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has sparked a high-profile debate about voting access. Kemp is alleged
to have wrongly purged as many as 300,000 voters from the Georgia voter registry, many of them African American and Hispanic. According to a new PRRI/The Atlantic
survey, black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than whites to say that removing eligible voters from voter registration lists is a major problem in our election system (74 percent, 60 percent, and 52 percent, respectively).