Election Security

15 killed in suicide attack on Afghan election day

A wounded person being carried on a stretcher.
A wounded victim of the suicide bombing in Kabul. Photo: Khalilur Rahman Salahshoor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At least 15 people were killed and more than 25 wounded in Kabul on Saturday in a suicide bombing, just as parliamentary election voting was wrapping up, Reuters reports.

The big picture: The elections in Afghanistan have been overshadowed by major security concerns. Per Reuters, the polls were kept open longer than they were meant to on Saturday to cater to the "large numbers of people who had been unable to vote." There have been no claims yet for the attack, though the Taliban has been active in warning that election centers could be attacked.

Georgia's voter purging problem

Red White and Blue Vote Here sign and Stacey Abrams picket sign in background.
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Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, removed approximately 107,000 people from voter rolls last year for not voting in recent elections amidst a large-scale purge that affected about half a million voters, according to an analysis by APM Reports.

Why it matters: Although it’s legal to purge voter rolls of those jailed or deceased, voting rights activists fear this kind of purge is a voter suppression tactic since minorities are more likely to be infrequent voters and often vote Democratic, according to APM Reports. In Georgia’s case specifically, this could affect Kemp’s election bid for governor since his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, has been working to boost black and Hispanic turnout.