Rolling Stone reports:
Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State and the Republican nominee for Georgia governor, expressed at a ticketed campaign event that his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout operation “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote,” according to audio obtained by Rolling Stone.
Not long after Kemp began his remarks, the candidate expressed worry about early voting and “the literally tens of millions of dollars that they [the Abrams camp] are putting behind the get-out-the-vote effort to their base.” Kemp then asserted that much of that Abrams effort is focused on absentee ballot requests.
“They have just an unprecedented number of that,” he said, “which is something that continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote — which they absolutely can — and mail those ballots in, we gotta have heavy turnout to offset that.”
Kemp has purged over 150,000 voters from Georgia’s rolls under his state’s “exact match” and “use it or lose it” laws. He was the only secretary of state to refuse 2016 federal assistance in securing his state’s voting system and is being sued for leaving millions of records vulnerable to hacking.