“One is one too many,” Kemp said. “It was an honest mistake by a hard-working person and, unfortunately, she has to pay the price. Linda and I go back a long way. But I have a duty to uphold the integrity of the system, and this was one of those lines that were crossed. It can’t be tolerated.”
Kemp’s office does routine work to keep the voter registration roll up to date which involves a process to change the status of long-time inactive voters to “cancelled” status. The process was conducted on Feb. 19, 2015 and moved about 312,000 voters to the new status.
But an investigation by Kemp’s office revealed that six days later, another 7,690 voters were moved from inactive to canceled status. The change was conducted within 90 days of an election and after the deadline.
He said the process had nothing to do with the lawsuit over claims from a voter advocacy group that 40,000 voters were “missing” from the rolls.
“There’s no conspiracy. But if she remained, she would become a scapegoat,” said Kemp. “I have to make sure the people know that my biggest duty in the office is to maintain the integrity of the system.”