Secretary of State Kemp Issues Statement Regarding Lawsuit Challenging Georgia’s Compliance with the National Voter Registration Act
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued the following statement today regarding a lawsuit filed against the Secretary of State’s Office and the Georgia Department of Human Services. The lawsuit, filed by an assortment of interest groups, alleges that the State of Georgia has failed to provide voter registration services at state public assistance offices, as required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
Secretary Kemp stated, “I’m disappointed that the groups behind this meritless lawsuit are more interested in grabbing headlines than increasing opportunities for Georgians to register to vote. Voter registration and participation among all Georgians has continuously increased as we have implemented numerous measures to strengthen election security.
“Unfortunately, we must once again spend taxpayer dollars to defend against a baseless lawsuit. Georgians have my word that we will vigorously fight this and all attempts by organizations to discredit our voter registration and elections procedures.”
Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.