Stacey Abrams Denounces “Voter Suppression Law” After Federal Court Rejects Voter Suppression Claims

We previously discussed a federal court upholding the Georgia election law as constitutional this week, rejecting challenges based on voter suppression. That did not appear to change the narrative for Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is closely associated with the Fair Fight Action group that lost the case. Abrams claimed that the federal court actually found a “racist, discriminating system” and the law is “a voter suppression law that is already harming Georgians this year.”  Indeed, while acknowledging the loss in court, the interview makes it sound like Abrams’ group largely prevailed rather than entirely lost their challenge on voter suppression.

Democrats have criticized Georgia rules enacted before and after the 2020 election as voter suppression. The provisions in this lawsuit concerned pre-2020 changes that allegedly made it “harder to register, harder to stay registered and ultimately harder to vote.” Both Stacey Abrams and Joe Biden denounced the Georgia laws in 2020 as voter suppression.

Conversely, Georgia has noted that the alleged “voter suppression” under the law turned out to be a voter enhancement. According to the secretary of state’s office, 1.9 million eligible voters participated in the 2022 primary contest compared to 1.2 million in 2018. Moreover, African-American turnout was 22% higher than any other primary election except for the 2020 presidential primary.

The Justice Department is continuing its own challenge of the post 2020 changes, which is further undermined by the analysis of Judge Jones on the pre 2020 provisions.  The Justice Department is challenging stricter voter ID requirementsdrop box regulations, shorter absentee ballot request deadlines and other provisions. However, it has not challenged similar or even more restrictive provisions in other states like Delaware.

Given the reasoning and precedent in the Jones opinion, such objections seem even less compelling particularly given the record turnout in the last election cycle despite both the pre-2020 and post-2020 changes.

Judge Jones did find problems on issues like training and felon voting regulations but did not find that they met the burden in establishing constitutional violations. He also recognized countervailing interests of the state on issues like felon matching procedures.

Nevertheless, Abrams seemed to claim vindication on the rejection of her claims on the pre-2020 changes. She stated on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that her opponent Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is “the architect of a voter suppression law that is already harming Georgians this year… he is a voter suppresser architect, and he is continuing to attack the right to vote in the state of Georgia.”

She then made this curious statement:

“There is a 288-page order that came down from a federal court on the last three claims during our Fair Fight Action. We did not win the claims. But if you read the 288-page order, repeatedly the federal judge said that Brian Kemp operated a racist, discriminatory system.”

It would be curious if the court found a “racist, discriminatory system” but upheld it under the Constitution. Abrams’ group challenged the law under the First and Fourteenth Amendments (Count I); the ban on racial discrimination in voting secured by the Fifteenth Amendment (Count II); violation of equal protection secured by the Fourteenth Amendment (Count III); violation of procedural due process secured by the Fourteenth Amendment (Count IV); and violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Count V). Those claims were rejected, not affirmed by the court. Judge Jones stated “although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the VRA.”

Instead, this is what the court actually said: “the burden on voters is relatively low…  plaintiffs have not provided direct evidence of a voter who was unable to vote, experienced longer wait times, was confused about voter registration status.”

Abrams also returned to the widely voiced objection to the bar on political groups giving food or water to those in line at polling places. The provision has been highlighted by critics, including President Joe Biden who repeatedly misrepresented the limitation.

Abrams objected that Kemp “made it illegal for people to get water in line. He outsourced voter suppression to white supremacists.” 

The law does not prevent people from giving water to those standing in line. The law allows “self-service water from an unattended receptacle” for voters waiting in line. It also allows anyone to give water or food to any voters outside of a limited area around the polling place.

It is common to bar any political campaigning or activities within a certain number of feet (often 150 feet — or a shorter distance from any line extending beyond that area).

Here is the provision:

“(a) No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any petition, nor shall any person, other than election officials discharging their duties, establish or set up any tables or booths on any day in which ballots are being cast

(1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is

(2) Within any polling place; or

(3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.”

The law then allows for “self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.” It also does not limit any poll workers from supplying water to voters.

Georgia officials said that the impetus for the rule was that various political organizations in 2019 circumvented the no politicking rule by handing out food and water with actual food trucks set up for this purpose.  The rule is designed to close that loophole.  If campaigns or others are really concerned with just getting water to voters, they can still do so. They simply cannot take credit for it or directly engage voters in the limited area next to polling places.

The Abrams interview seems to be an exercise of the stage of grieving made famous by psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The problem is that she seems stuck on denial.

111 thoughts on “Stacey Abrams Denounces “Voter Suppression Law” After Federal Court Rejects Voter Suppression Claims”

  1. I visited one of my doctors today. As per protocol I was asked for my insurance information (Medicare/Supplement) , and driver’s license for identification. I am a retired HCP who treated patients covered by Medicare/Medicaid. Photo ID is required for same. Those folks have it. The very same required to verify that you satisfy the requirements to vote in your state and jurisdiction. Abrams persists in the effort to keep her community enslaved on the plantation. Failing that, her influence over them ends.

  2. “Suppose 20 millions of republican Americans thrown all of a sudden into France, what would be the condition of that kingdom?”

    “If it would be more turbulent, less happy, less strong, we may believe that the addition of half a million of foreigners to our present numbers would produce a similar effect here.”

    – Thomas Jefferson

    “The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce

    foreign propensities.”

    “In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

    – Alexander Hamilton

    1. The Supreme Court had the power to act 50 years retroactively after 65 million abortions to impose corrective action in Dobbs, the Supreme has the power to act 150 years retroactively under the doctrine of Judicial Review to impose corrective action on illegal invasion and illegal immigration. Illegal deportation is as ethical, moral and legal as illegal immigration.

      Extant immigration law on January 1, 1863:

      Naturalization Act of 1802

      United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” March 26, 1790

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof…

  3. I think Stacy Abrams will never be able to travel the full Kübler-Ross grieving process road. She will undoubtedly stick on the last one and never embrace acceptance. Which means we shall have to endure this caterwauling forever unless she decides to change professions. If one embraces the defeat and acceptance then one can best step back and reassess their choices and learn. Failure to learn will doom them or us if we eventually buy her thought process, god forbid.
    Although a conservative I will say that Trump shows the same predilection. Without dealing with his loss and as such he has seemed to learn nothing about growth and I fear he will continue to be his own worst enemy. Stubborness is fine but it needs to be tempered with growth and and/or a change in tactics and carefully weeding out the failed policies and process and better using those that work and assure success.

  4. Stacey Abrams is lying, like any Mean Girl school bully attacking the character of anyone who criticizes. She cannot debate the merits of policies honestly, so she resorts to dishonest character assassination.

    Georgia’s voting laws are not discriminatory, and did not in any way impede minority votes. In fact, more minorities voted after these laws were passed then ever.

    This ploy has worked for decades. Just lie and claim that any effort to protect votes from fraud is racist. That’s why so many Democrats have this strong impression that the Republican Party is totally racist. That took some doing, considering the KKK was the domestic terrorist arm of the Democrat Party. They had to lie and claim that everyone switched sides, so those racist Democrats became Republican, this distancing themselves from their own history, in a maneuver completely the opposite of the 1619 Project. White Democrats in the South actually continued to vote Democrat for decades after the Civil Rights Act. Republican blacks actually began voting Democrat before the Civil Rights Act, in the 1930s, to take advantage of the New Deal. Ironically, FDR promised not to support or sign any desegregation or anti-lynching laws passed by Republicans, and the New Deal still discriminated against blacks. This makes the Great Switch of blacks changing to Republicans one of the great tragedies.

    1. I’m gagging: Karen S. actually claims Stacey Abrams “cannot debate the merits of policies honestly, so she resorts to dishonest character assassination.” Karen S.: you are the penultimate example of someone who “cannot debate the merits of policies honestly” because all you do is repeat the slop you got the night before from Hannity, Tucker, Graham and Levin. You still dig in and defend Hydroxychloroquine and the studies that prove it’s not only ineffective, it produces worse outcomes. You claimed that Dr. Ford testified about her experience with Kavanaugh only to write a book or go on the lecture circuit to make money–neither of which happened…the list goes on and on. There was NO fraud to be prevented in future elections that served as the impetus for the new voting laws, which has been proven over and over again. Secondly, you are no student of history, so stop trying to pretend that you are. You also don’t speak for “black people”, either.

      1. Jenny, you must never have met your neighbor Karen before. Relax come on in. This video might help.

      2. So have a debate !

        We are having one here, and on issue after issue you are failing.

        You do not understand incentives.
        You do not understand the laws of supply and demand.
        You are constantly wrong about the facts.
        And you are blissfully ignorant of obvious self contradictions in your own claims.

        No one needs to watch Hannity EVER, to be able to destroy your arguments.

        HCQ is not a miracle drug. But it does have some benefit against covid and very low risk.
        It is certain that globally far far far more people benefited than were harmed.

        Widespread use of HCQ would have had a SMALL positive effect.

        So far there is NOTHING that is even close to a miracle cure.
        There appears to be no net benefit of the vaccine for those under 65, and only small benefit for those over.
        So far the evidence is that mRNA vaccines reduce covid deaths – but increase deaths from other causes.

        These and many many other things debunking YOUR experts have slowly emerged.

        Though honestly we had plenty of data to demonstrate that public health measures to thwart Covid DID NOT WORK as early as may 2020.
        Throughout the world C19 deaths are predictable solely by demographics and geography.
        That has been true from the start, and remains true today
        There is no public health intervention that has a statistically demonstrable benefit.
        Not masks, not lockdowns, not hand sanitizer, not vaccines.

      1. Olly,
        Yeah, that was my first thought.
        Natacha must be getting desperate.
        But so does the rest of the Dems. So much as some will not debate the GOP.
        How sad is it the Dem is so fragile they cannot even show up to the debate? How weak are their positions on any given issue?
        Very weak.

        1. How weak are their positions on any given issue?

          It appears the only issue they are running on is abortion. They will vote Democratic party on that one issue and completely ignore the massive dumpster fire their party has created on everything else. That’s pretty sad. Planned Parenthood in Illinois now has a mobile abortion clinic to take to the borders of the states with tougher abortion laws. Eugenics on Wheels.

  5. The Democratic party deliberately distorts and twists reality to fit its ideological narrative around racism and sexism. Neither facts nor eye witness testimony can convince these poor deluded fools of their errors. I’m surprised they haven’t set up an official Ministry of propaganda inside the WH. As for the DOJ, Garland has blackened the name of that agency forever.

  6. Get rid of Stacey Abrahms and that gets rid of a lot of BS.

    “Democrats are weaponizing federal government to engineer a “two-tiered election system” that optimizes Democrat votes while depressing GOP turnout”

    “[T]ruthfully, if you review all the litigation, it refutes the narrative of mainstream media that Trump allies filed all these lawsuits and lost. No, many of those substantive lawsuits are won — they’re just won well after the election to prevent things from happening again that happened in 2020.”
    “And you mentioned two of them. In Wisconsin, for example, the law hasn’t changed as it relates to [ballot] drop boxes. It’s just that the Wisconsin Supreme Court finally looked at the law and says, ‘You know what? It clearly indicates there’s no such thing as drop boxes, it clearly indicates you can’t ballot harvest.” “So those types of court decisions really have been on the side of conservatives. And we didn’t file as many lawsuits as the left in trying to change the election. We filed lawsuits trying to change how [the left] unilaterally ignored state law. And those are now bearing some fruit.”

    “But the problem is, the Biden administration is still using nonprofits, and they’re using tax dollars now to influence election policy. And we don’t have the right laws and policy nor Congress involved to prevent that from happening. So it’s going to happen again.”

    “a two-tiered election system,” “where people cure your ballot, which is illegal in many states, but will cure your ballot if you’re going to likely vote the right way. If you’re in a Democrat stronghold, we’ll have a drop box on every corner, we’ll have people come by and pick up your ballot.”

    “you’re in a Republican stronghold,” “if there’s some type of emergency, you can’t go outside, or don’t have drop boxes, we don’t cure ballots, and we have no harvesters.” _ Phill Kline, founder of the Amistad Project
    Voter suppression and election integrity are the last thing on the minds of Democrats. Think of Zuckerbucks and think how the rules change in Democrat strongholds favoring Democrats.


    1. You know, up until very recently at my local poll there was always a group of old dudes on the way out of the fire station with a bottle or two willing to share. I kinda miss it.

  7. When she loses, again, will she accept her defeat this time?

    And what was up with that BlueAnon conspiracy theory about manufactured heat beat, and for men to control women’s bodies?

  8. The Democrats have spent two decades finding ways to pervert our election system and create blatant opportunities for election fraud. I have tracked the resulting election fraud cases and >80% of the election fraud is perpetrated by people associated with the Democrat party.

    Democrats have pushed policies that create obvious opportunities, many unconstitutional, for fraud in our election process. Democrats support:

    – Eradicating voter ID
    – Automatically mailing ballots to households, an open invitation to fraud and abuse that may mean millions of illegal votes
    – In tangent with mail out ballots, Democrats fight attempts to clean state voter rolls that contain hundreds of thousands of dead, non-resident, or relocated individuals
    – Allowing private individuals to distort the process by spending millions of dollars
    – Using unmonitored drop boxes
    – Ballot harvesting which allows candidates, party activists, or political consultants to collect absentee ballots from voters
    – Unfettered absentee balloting
    – . Registering non-citizens

    Some American citizens and all of the propagandist Press accept these mendacious characters, such as Stacy Abrams, the DNC, C. Steele, without question or logic. Regardless of the courts, the data has shown the ignorance of her statements over and over.

    It’s frightening how ill-educated our populace has become. And Putin, Xi, the Saudi’s, the Ayatollahs, and Maduro are laughing at the US and at the 50.1% of Americans who voted for the Biden Administration and their lying retinue.

  9. Stacey Abrams’ attack on the Georgia law obviously is wrong on the facts and the law, but that is the least of her problems. Like so many others who charge racism each time they take a breath, the real racist is her. Her virtue signaling is based on the racist premise that black people are not capable of voting like white people, they cannot decide who to vote for on their own so they need some extra help while standing in line (under the guise of providing water), and they must be given special drop-off boxes because getting to a polling place to vote is simply beyond them. In the old days, Abrams would have been tarred and feathered but she probably would call that racist as well since although the feathers are white, the tar is black. As Diogenes said so well, she is “long-past ridiculous.”

  10. Sadly, if reality isn’t part of Stacey Abrams’ narrative, how can she ever be trusted to tell the truth to the people of Georgia? The real question is why would anyone walk into the booth to vote this kind of person in to be their representative for honest leadership? And — please, don’t write back comparing this to any other politician. This is a comment only on this case!

  11. Voting should be one day, in person, with ID. The Carter Center agrees(look up their report to prevent voter fraud)….and reports how Latin America and African Countries accomplish this. If black people in Africa can accomplish this…then I suspect people in Atlanta can. I don’t care you don’t vote!

    1. The only people I would exempt from the in person requirement would be active duty military, 1st responders and medical workers who can’t leave work, and those medically certified as temporarily or permanently disabled. No one else has any excuse to not show up.

      1. It does not matter who you exempt from in person election day voting.
        What matters is how you conduct their voting.

        We have blurred the names absentee and mailin voting.
        They are not the same.

        Real absentee voting requires a voter to come to some election office – and vote almost identically to inperson voting.
        ID is required, There is no ability to ballot harvest or induce/coerce voting.

        Properly done early voting is the same.

        Mailin voting is quite different. While it can be done much better than we did in 2020, it can not ever be done as securely as in person voting – or anywhere near.

        There are other reasons to limit absentee and early voting – the longer the period in which people can vote the more oportunities for fraud are created.
        The more complex systems of voting are – the more options are available, the more fraud and error you will see.

        My recomendation would be absentee voting ONLY for cause. No mailin voting, no early voting.
        Voting during a single 24hr period with polls opening and closing at the same time nationwide.
        With near uniform numbers of voters assigned to each polling place nationwide. and all counting done at the poll where you voted.
        No transport of votes from polls to counting centers, and polling place totals all required to be reported within a few hours of polls closing.
        i.e. No convention centers where millions of votes are counted.

  12. Waiting for the NY Times and MSNBC to call Stacy Abrams an “election denier”. She’s doing exactly what Trump did, all the with intent, like Trump, of overturning an election she lost and influencing the current one that she won’t win. Both try to undermine confidence in the electoral process and both deserve to be strongly condemned for it.

  13. If Liz Cheney wants to campaign against election deniers, why isn’t she in Georgia, rather than Arizona?

  14. A conspiracy of mendacity among Dem politicians, lefties, the media, and big corporate shills.

    The truth is immaterial once a narrative has been decided on.

    Up to thinking Americans to focus on the truth.

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