Says election wasn’t fair because it limited voting access, disenfranchised minorities and undermined the public’s trust…
(Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A federal lawsuit backed by former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams will attempt to overhaul the state’s elections, alleging “gross mismanagement” after Georgians suffered long lines, uncounted ballots and purged registrations during this month’s vote.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by a new group called Fair Fight Georgia, asks a judge to intervene to protect voting rights.
Abrams, who lost to Republican Brian Kemp in the race for governor, isn’t trying to change the result of the election.
But Abrams has said, without evidence, that the election wasn’t fair because it limited voting access, disenfranchised minorities and undermined the public’s trust in democracy.
She has said Kemp, who resigned his position as secretary of state after Election Day, was responsible, but has provided no evidence supporting that claim.
“Today we filed litigation that should massively reform Georgia elections, calling for actions such as …. creating uniform standards for county (election) administration and ending discriminatory measures like exact match,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Georgia and Abrams’ campaign manager.
Kemp supporters have argued that local election officials run voting in counties, not the Secretary of State’s office.
Many of the problems cited on election day were the responsibility of local officials, they say.
Fair Fight Georgia said thousands of voters were discouraged from casting ballots during the election.
Some voters were denied ballots because their their registrations had been canceled, they claimed.
The group also alleged that others endured long lines and glitchy voting machines.
©2018 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.