In all, the state denied 34,874 registration applications from 2013 to 2016 due to mismatched information. Of those, black applicants were eight times more likely to fail the state’s verification process than white applicants, and Latinos and Asian-Americans were six times more likely to fail, according to the suit.
The accusations in the lawsuit had been strongly denied by Kemp, who traveled across the state to tout the accessibility of Georgia's elections ahead of last year's presidential election.
The verification process Georgia had been using was cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2010.
The Georgia NAACP, the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda and the legal nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta brought the lawsuit, aided by national voting advocacy groups.
“This victory ensures that tens of thousands of voters will not be disenfranchised by Georgia’s ‘no match, no vote’ policy, which unnecessarily denied people the opportunity to register to vote,” said Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
“We will continue to fight ongoing voting discrimination and barriers to the franchise like the policy that has been maintained by the Georgia secretary of state,” Clarke said. “Now is the time to focus on policies that can help make voting easier in Georgia and across the nation.”