"In Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial election, popular confidence is not only threatened by the unmistakable racial discrimination of the past and the serious questions that the federal courts have raised about the security of Georgia's voting machines, but also because you now overseeing the election in which you are a candidate, "wrote Carter in a letter to Kemp from 22 October.
Carter added: "In order to increase voter confidence in the upcoming elections, which will be especially important when the breed comes very close, I urge you to take away from a neutral authority the responsibility to supervise the election of the governor. "
Carter is a former Democratic Governor of Georgia and has, as he noted in his letter, been observing elections all over the world since the end of his presidency.
Kemp issued a statement in the midst of criticism: "While outside agitators belittle this office and mistakenly attack us, we have kept our heads flat and continue to focus on ensuring safe, accessible and fair elections for all voters."
"The fact is that it has never been easier to register to vote and engage in the election process in Georgia, and we are incredibly proud to report this new record," said the statement.
Should he remain in office during the elections, Kemp's role would probably receive sustained attention if neither he nor Abrams obtains a majority of the votes after the polls close on election day. Georgia has a majority rule with a reproductive voting system, which means that if neither candidate takes a majority vote, the two will only compete in a second election.
"We have a very competent election team to monitor that (recount) process," Kemp said.