Stacey Abrams Amassed Nearly Three Dozen Lawyers to Contest Georgia Gubernatorial Election

Pauline Gross
November 17, 2018

Abrams said that she planned to start an organisation to fight for more equitable voting laws and would soon bring "a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for gross mismanagement of this election".

Democrat Stacey Abrams on Friday ended her efforts to become Georgia's next governor, but used her final speech on the contest to bitterly complain about voter suppression in the state.

Instead, she said she would sue the state for what she called "gross mismanagement of this election" and to protect future elections. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the victor of a bitterly fought campaign that's been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance. "Under Brian Kemp's watch as the nation's foremost architect of voter suppression, countless Georgians have had substantial roadblocks placed in their path as they sought to exercise their fundamental right to vote".

As secretary of state, Kemp oversaw election preparations and operations even though he was a major candidate. She made believers of old-guard Democrats in Georgia who didn't think a black woman could compete in a general election, and she emerged as the party's clear leader.

The election result has been in doubt for 10 days. But Mr Jones also rejected the campaign's other requests.

Stacey Abrams filed suit in Georgia Monday, seeking to keep the recount going beyond the Thursday deadline and asking the court to reconsider more than a thousand rejected ballots, some of which are provisional ballots cast by voters who appear to have voted twice - once officially in their home county, and a second time using a provisional ballot in a foreign county.

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Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams' campaign chair, said that her legal team is "considering all options", which also includes federal court remedies. His detractors said he spent years making it harder for minorities and poor people to register and vote; he countered by arguing that his policies protected the integrity of the rolls and the elections.

Kemp, who served as the state's chief elections officer until two days after the election when he resigned as secretary of state and declared victory, has maintained that any uncounted ballots won't change the outcome.

Kemp issued a statement late on Friday noting the election was "over and hard-working Georgians are ready to move forward". "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past".

A Yale-educated tax lawyer raised by civil rights activists in coastal Mississippi, Abrams ran largely as an unapologetic liberal, promising to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act as a way to address the state's acute rural health care problem. Trump won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016, but Democrats' increasing strength in the suburbs bodes well for their chances in future statewide races.

She called him "deliberate and intentional" in his actions and said eight years of divestment, disenfranchisement and incompetence had their desired effect.

Along with the unresolved Florida senate race, Republican Sen.

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