While many on the left demonized former President Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud played a role in his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden, the same sources were silent in response to Democrat Stacey Abrams’ assertion that she lost her 2018 gubernatorial bid due to voter suppression.
Nearly two years after she lost to Gov. Brian Kemp, she insisted: “Voter suppression in the 21st century is the province of Republicans.”
She has repeatedly declined to accept her electoral loss, telling The New York Times last year that she felt “comfortable” claiming that she actually won the race.
This year, Abrams is once again squaring off against Kemp and appears to be ramping up similar arguments about a supposedly racist GOP effort to curtail access to the polls for Black voters.
In addition to Republicans in her state and across the nation who do not support her assertion, a federal judge recently handed down a decision that poked holes in the claim.
U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama, penned a 288-page decision in response to arguments against election integrity measures in Georgia. Abrams’ organization Fair Fight Inc. filed the motion, specifically targeting voter identification and citizenship requirements.
“Although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the Constitution nor the [Voting Rights Act],” the judge wrote. “As the Eleventh Circuit notes, federal courts are not ‘the arbiter[s] of disputes’ which arise in elections; it [is] not the federal court’s role to ‘oversee the administrative details of a local election.'”
The work over the last 10 years has been to advance fairness in our democracy that is not linked to ‘the status of minority life in Georgia.’ There's no denying voter suppression under Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger. This 288-page order spells out the cost of their actions. 2/
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) October 1, 2022
GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reacted to the decision with a celebratory statement, calling it “a win for all Georgia election officials who dedicate their lives to safe, secure, and accessible elections.”
He went on to dismiss Abrams’ claims as “nothing but poll-tested rhetoric not supported by facts and evidence.”
Kemp added to the narrative, insisting that his opponent’s court complaint amounted to “a tool wielded by a politician hoping to wrongfully weaponize the legal system to further her own political goals.”
Abrams is not the only Democrat with a penchant for citing voter suppression as an existential threat to the nation’s democracy. Earlier this year, White House adviser Cedric Richmond vowed that the Biden administration would be prioritizing a response to the supposed problem.
“We are doubling down, kicking it into another gear, we are going right to the belly of the beast, or ground zero, for voter suppression, voter subversion and obstruction,” he said.