The top elections official in Georgia is Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp is also a far-right Republican running for governor in one of the nation's most competitive and closely watched races.
Common sense suggests the GOP candidate would recognize his conflict of interest -- Kemp shouldn't officially oversee his own election, deciding, among other things, who gets to vote -- and stand aside, but that's not happening. Georgians are simply supposed to trust that he'll be responsible and even-handed.
As Rachel noted on the show last night, that's not working out especially well.
Last year, for example, the far-right Republican's office canceled over 600,000 voter registrations. This year, as the Associated Press reported this week, Kemp is raising even more questions about his official actions.
Marsha Appling-Nunez was showing the college students she teaches how to check online if they're registered to vote when she made a troubling discovery. Despite being an active Georgia voter who had cast ballots in recent elections, she was no longer registered.
"I was kind of shocked," said Appling-Nunez, who moved from one Atlanta suburb to another in May and believed she had successfully changed her address on the voter rolls.
"I've always voted. I try to not miss any elections, including local ones," Appling-Nunez said.
She tried re-registering, but with about one month left before a November election that will decide a governor's race and some competitive U.S. House races, Appling-Nunez's application is one of over 53,000 sitting on hold with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office. And unlike Appling-Nunez, many people on that list -- which is predominantly black, according to an analysis by The Associated Press -- may not even know their voter registration has been held up.
One of the underlying problems is that Kemp implemented a system called "exact match." In practice, if you've hyphenated your last name after getting married, or you sometimes use your middle initial, your name may not exactly match the listing in state files.
And if it doesn't, the Republican gubernatorial candidate is in a position to put your voter registration on indefinite hold.