Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams is continuing to trot out falsehoods about Republicans’ plan to ensure that our elections are legal and conducted with integrity.
Over the weekend, Abrams—who still has not conceded the race for governor of Georgia— made the bogus claim that, by proposing election integrity reforms, the Georgia State Legislature is trying to turn back the clock to racist Jim Crow-era voting laws.
That is an absurd claim and isn’t even historically accurate. Georgia Republicans aren’t proposing poll taxes, grandfather clauses, or literacy tests to vote. This isn’t the 1950s, it is 2021.
But Dems like Stacy Abrams don’t let facts get in the way of a good story.
With all the problems that occurred in the Georgia elections last year, it was necessary for the Georgia legislature to pass election integrity reforms that end no-excuse mail-in voting, reduce Sunday voting, implement stricter I.D. requirements, and take away drop boxes.
Abrams told CNN that “I do absolutely agree that it’s racist. It is a redux of Jim Crow, in a suit and tie. We know the only thing that precipitated these charges — it’s not that there was a question of security — in fact, the secretary and the governor went to great pains to ensure Georgia elections were secure. So the only connection that we can find is that more people of color voted, and it changed the outcome of elections in a direction that Republicans did not like. So instead of celebrating better access and more participate in their response is to try and eliminate access to voting for primarily in communities of color.”
Of course, Stacy Abrams still thinks she won the Georgia governor race in 2018 and has been crying voter suppression ever since.
Jeffrey Tobin at National Review did an excellent job of debunking Abram’s false narrative. It is worth quoting here.
Tobin wrote: “The claims of voter suppression rest primarily on the fact that as Georgia secretary of state, Kemp enforced a statute passed by a Democratic-majority legislature and signed by a Democratic governor in 1997. It required the voting rolls to be periodically purged to remove names of voters who were dead, or who had moved away or were incarcerated. Under this law, 600,00 names of people who hadn’t voted in the last three elections were removed from the rolls in 2017 by Kemp’s office.”
Meanwhile, President Trump proposed election integrity reforms at CPAC last month.
Trump proposed the following: “We need one election day…We must have voter ID…We need universal signature matching…There should be a 100% requirement to verify the citizenship of every person who votes, and there must be a chain of custody protections for every ballot, every ballot…it is undeniable that election rules were illegally changed at the last minute in almost every swing state, with the procedures rewritten by local politicians… you’re not allowed to do that… and local judges. They want more time. They want this. They want that. All done by local politicians or local judges, as opposed to state legislatures as required by the Constitution of the United States.”
Wow, sounds racist, doesn’t it?
Democrats are projecting false narratives on Republicans for trying to make sure our elections are done above-board.
It is without evidence that they claim Republicans are racist for doing so. Abrams and her fellow Dems need to get new material.