Stacey Abrams is a voter rights advocate and has officially launched her campaign to run as Georgia’s governor. Brian Kemp, who led voter suppression projects in the state for the past year.
Abrams, a prominent Democrat, is a leading candidate in this race. She previously served as the party’s minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives and has, in recent months, strongly condemned Republicans’As a counterlash to the 2020 election, efforts to suppress voting. If elected, she would be the first Black female governor ever to be elected and the first Democrat to hold the governor’s office in the state since 2003.
“Leadership that understands the true pain folks are feeling, and has real plans — that’s the job of governor, to fight for one Georgia, our Georgia,” Abrams said in a video announcing her run. “And now, it’s time to get the job done.”
If Kemp clinches the Republican primary next year, this will be Abram’s second time running against him. In 2018, she lost by a margin of only 1.4 points. However, Kemp was elected shortly before the election. PurgedMore than half a Million Voters from voter rolls, leading votes and voting rights advocates Questions about the results.
Voter suppression efforts by conservatives in Georgia have made it seem like voting will be again restricted in 2022. Concerningly, voters have already been affected by Georgia Republicans’ voter suppression billThis year, it was earlier. Election officials reject absentee ballot applications for this year’s municipal elections at a rate four times higher than in 2020.
This is a sign that Republicans have ended no-excuse absentee voter voting in the state. Only 26 percent of those whose applications were rejected voted in person on Election Day.
Abrams spent the years following her first run for governor advocating voting rights. Fair Fight Action was established by Abrams after her run for governor. Fair Count is an organization that aims to combat voter suppression and give communities of color accurate representation in 2020’s census.
Abrams has specifically rejected Georgia Republicans’ voter suppression laws, saying that the hundreds of voter suppression bills filed in states across the country are “Redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”
Georgia set a record The 2020 election saw a high voter turnoutThis led to the state voting blue for the presidential election. the first time since 1992. “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 do not like,” Abrams said in March. “Instead of celebrating better access and more participation, their response is to try to eliminate access to voting for, primarily, communities of color.”
Still, Georgia’s blue flip could represent hope for Democrats. The presidential election results, and the state’s rejection of both Republican senators up for election in January have signalled, to some Democrats, that the state’s demographic and political shifts could lead toChanges in the state as a whole
It is possible that the Republican stronghold on the governorship will still prove to be a challenge. Kemp enjoys a 44 percent approval rating in the state as of September, with 34 percent disapproval, despite the state’s Republicans Attracting national attentionearlier this year for their voter suppression actions. But it’s not clear if Kemp is a shoo-in for the party’s primary, as he lacks the support of former President Donald Trump. Instead, Trump may back a candidate like former Sen. David PerdueWho is the one who has His ethics concerns were railed against himAnd who Trump may view as more loyal to himKemp is.