The group's lawsuit, which is still pending in federal court, alleges that the purge of voter registrations, cancellations of absentee ballots, closing of polling precincts and dismissal of provisional ballots undermines democracy.
State officials want a judge to throw out the lawsuit, and filed a recent motion contending that isolated issues during November's election don't indicate a need for broad federal intervention. The state also argues that any changes to election laws should be made by lawmakers, not the courts.
Kemp has vehemently denied accusations that he abused his office’s power and said he followed state laws designed to ensure that only eligible Georgia voters can vote. And his allies say he’s often blamed for problems, such as lengthy lines at polling stations, that are the responsibility of local, not state, officials.
The new plaintiffs were unveiled at an Atlanta church during an event that featured several Georgians who described troubles casting ballots.
Two leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus also echoed calls for more federal oversight of elections outlined Tuesday at a U.S. House hearing in Atlanta.
“It’s made me quite angry listening to the struggles of people who couldn’t exercise the fundamental right to vote,” said U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia.
“There’s a systemic approach to disenfranchising voters in Georgia and it was effective,” he said. “We cannot let it happen again.”