Republican vote suppression is a 2020 scandal. Georgia’s primary proved it.

While Georgia state officials blamed local poll workers, voting rights advocates saw a continued pattern of voter suppression. It is a pattern Republicans seem determined to reproduce.

Last week, as historic protests for racial justice grabbed the nation’s attention, voters in some of Georgia’s predominantly Black and poor precincts reported chaos, long lines and faulty machines at their polling places. While state officials blamed local poll workers, voting rights advocates saw a continued pattern of voter suppression by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. It is a pattern Republicans seem determined to reproduce.

Next week, voters head to the polls again, including in New York and Kentucky. The fight continues.

After Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters this fall as a means of guaranteeing the right to vote during the coronavirus pandemic, the Republican National Committee sued, claiming that California’s effort to protect voting rights opened the door to widespread fraud.

Article URL: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/republican-vote-suppression-2020-scandal-georgia-s-primary-proved-it-ncna1231217

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