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Georgia lawsuit restores voter rights

Many rejected voter applicants will be restored

This week, civil rights groups have successfully stopped the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp office's from automatically rejecting voter applications that don't exactly match the state and/or federal databases.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: "The state denied 34,874 registration applications from 2013 to 2016 due to mismatched information. Of those, black applicants were eight times more likely to fail the state’s verification process than white applicants, and Latinos and Asian-Americans were six times more likely to fail, according to the suit."

NBC News reports: "The lawsuit...charges that the "exact match" system used by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp violates the Voting Rights Act's ban on racial discrimination in voting. It asks that the state be required to stop using the system immediately, while there's still time for affected applicants to be added to the rolls."

ABC News reports that the Secretary of State's office is "attempting to apply the same solution" to voters "rejected in 2015 or 2016 who will be allowed to vote in November with appropriate identification."

The lawsuit was filed by the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta and the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda.