Amid Voter Suppression Accusations, Jimmy Carter Calls for Georgia Secretary of State to Resign

October 30, 2018 AT 10:50 AM

By Eli Watkins

Former President Jimmy Carter, a Georgia native, wrote a letter to GOP gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp asking him to step down as secretary of state and hand off oversight of the state's elections to someone else since he is currently running for governor of the state.

"In Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial election, popular confidence is threatened not only by the undeniable racial discrimination of the past and the serious questions that the federal courts have raised about the security of Georgia's voting machines, but also because you are now overseeing the election in which you are a candidate," Carter wrote in a letter to Kemp dated October 22.

His letter to Kemp came as the Republican has received sweeping criticism for his oversight of the elections this year and faces accusations of suppressing the minority vote. Kemp's Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, has likewise called for him to resign ahead of the election this November.

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