The Wall Street Journal: Georgia blocked black voters, mishandled election, lawsuit claims

A group started by Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the secretary of state’s office and the state election board systematically blocked black voters from the polls in the Nov. 6 election.

Fair Fight Action said in the lawsuit that Republican Brian Kemp, who beat Abrams to become Georgia’s next governor, used his former position as secretary of state to prevent minority voters from casting ballots.

The defendant in the lawsuit is interim secretary of state, Robyn A. Crittenden, an ally and appointee of current Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The lawsuit alleges the election board improperly closed or relocated hundreds of polling places.

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