ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said there's no evidence to support claims by the New Georgia Project that more than 40,000 voter registration applications are missing or unprocessed.
"It's time for the New Georgia Project and others to stop throwing out random numbers and baseless accusations and let the counties do their jobs," Kemp said.
Kemp's office and five county election offices, including Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton Counties, are being sued by the New Georgia Project, which is led by Democrats.
The group spent months on a new voter drive that targeted voters of color and produced results with more than 80,000 new applications.
But the group claims half of those forms, about 40,000, are either missing or being held up by election officials with a political agenda.
"We are concerned, given the speed of the election, that if we don't resolve this quickly and through legal means, that these will be 40,000-plus disenfranchised voters in the state of Georgia," said State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), who heads the New Georgia Project.
11Alive News put in calls to all five counties listed in the lawsuit and found that none of them have unprocessed applications.
We also found out that the majority of the applications collected by the New Georgia Project were delivered directly to the counties, most of which are run by Democrats.
Those applications did not go through the Republican Secretary of State's office.
"To claim that there are over 40-thousand missing or unprocessed voter applications is absolutely false," Kemp said.
The Secretary of State's office went through the list provided by the New Georgia Project last week and found the following:
- 39,276 are active voters
- 513 are deceased
- 1,637 have felony record, so they can't vote
- 2,195 had an invalid or out-of-state zip code
- 2,124 had no valid year of birth
Kemp said the list included one applicant named "Johnny Becool" who lives in "Yo'town."
Eleven other applications included no first or last name, according to Kemp.
The list also included 9,990 pending applications, which means the form is incomplete. Those applicants have been notified by letter to finish their forms through their county election office.
The claims of missing applications were triggered by a criminal investigation.
Kemp said as many as 14 counties flagged a total of 100 suspicious voter registration applications submitted by the New Georgia Project.
He said state investigators have confirmed 50 felony forgeries, but no charges yet as the investigation continues.
Kemp has set up a dedicated e-mail address for applicants with questions or issues that haven't been addressed: email@example.com.
Applicants can also call the elections division at 404-656-2871.