Many voters of color were kept from voting by way of literacy tests and questions no one would be able to answer in the 1800s. But according to Nicole Moore, voter suppression is still a tool being used by white supremacists.
“When I think about Georgia and the voter suppression that we saw in the most recent election between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, I immediately thought about what Black folks had to go through down South,” she said. “Like the idea of Brian Kemp stripping 300,000 names from the voter polls, that’s nothing new.”
On November 27, 2018, two rights organizations allied with Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight Action and Care in Action, announced a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s election system. The suit’s main aim isn’t to challenge Kemp’s governorship but to address ongoing voting issues in the state.
“I think we have to really pay attention to some of the smaller things that happen in our communities because those smaller things mean something, especially when you’re talking about city government, when you’re talking about state government,” Moore said. “So when you see movement happening on the state level it’s always a good thing.”
In one such state action in Florida, voters restored voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians who had committed certain felonies and served their time. Moore hopes that these kind of measures make a difference in the 2020 elections.