Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, has long been under fire for huge issues with the state’s voting system, which he has run as the Secretary of State.
The ultra-conservative Kemp has overseen a system that has had vast flaws and is facing several lawsuits over racially motivated voter purges.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dedicated the first 20 minutes of her Friday night show to examining the problems with Georgia’s elections, opening with Kemp’s refusal to accept FBI help when it was clear the Russians had hacked the system and going through his current effort to purge black voters with an “exact match” system that allows voters to be taken off the rolls because someone makes a minor error on their voter information, such as saying they live on a street instead of a road or avenue.
Kemp also prosecuted blacks who registered people to vote and mailed in absentee ballots—all charges which were ultimately dismissed.
In 2016, Georgia’s elections system was also accessed by Russian intelligence agents.
“This is the one state where the secretary of state says he doesn’t need no stinkin’ help from no federales,” Maddow said.