Five voters lined an Election Day emergency lawsuit to strip Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp of his powers to administer over the race for governor in which he is the Republican candidate.
The lawsuit pursues to bar Kemp from participating in vote counting, the certification of results, as thoroughly cooked as any runoff or recount procedures.
The lawsuit, prepared by the watchdog group Keep Democracy, alleges that Kemp “has used the official powers of his auspices to interfere in the election to benefit himself and his political party and disadvantage his disputants.”
“In doing so,” the lawsuit says, “he has violated the Constitutional rights of Plaintiffs and other Georgia voters.”
Kemp is contesting Democrat Stacey Abrams in a tight race that remains within astounding distance for both candidates. He has come under increasing scrutiny in just out days over actions he has taken while presiding over the designation process. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
The squawk, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, cites a Sunday awareness posted by his office to the official secretary of State website that spoke the Democratic Party was under investigation for “possible cyber crimes” tie-in to an attempted hacking of the state’s voter registration system.
No evidence has been presented that would embroil Democrats in a hacking. Kemp has said the move was “how we would handle any examination when something like this comes up.” The site that restrained the notice is the same one that voters turn to for information about voting.
Kemp has also been judged for implementing restrictive voter regulations.
Late last month, a federal rate ordered Kemp to instruct election officials to stop discarding absentee ballots that accommodated signature discrepancies, a procedure that critics including Abrams assumed was meant to suppress minority turnout.
And on Friday, a judge ruled against the “faithful match” policy that Kemp had implemented. An investigation from The Associated Hug found that the process put 53,000 voter registrations on hold. Innumerable than two-thirds of those registrations were for African-Americans, the AP found.
“Assigning one of the candidates to not just preside over their own election but misuse their help to give them an unfair advantage is just anti-democratic and unlawful,” Bryan Transfers, a former Justice Department attorney who is co-counsel on the case, said in a assertion.
The plaintiffs in the case demanded a temporary restraining order and a preliminary direction. They also called for the court to award them attorneys’ prices.