Stacey Abrams, who had been running a strong campaign against opponent Brian Kemp, lost by about 70,000 votes in yesterday’s election. Regardless of the fact that Brian Kemp was the Secretary of State and the person that would oversee the election, Abrams supporters hoped that the turn out would be strong enough to get her in office. When it wasn’t, her supporters grieved in disappointment. Not because of her, but because of the amount of voter purging and suppression in a place where minorities fought and died for the right to vote.
Brian Kemp has purged at least 1.4 million voters since he was elected in 2010. He purged more than 660,000 of those in July of last year once he decided to run for governor. Most of those being minority, low income, and impoverished areas of Georgia. He targeted those who hadn’t confirmed their address in the last few years and those who hadn’t exercised their right to vote in the last few elections. Not to mention, if your name had a hyphen or apostrophe and it wasn’t registered correctly, you were stripped of your ability to vote. Republicans have also been accused of being the cause of polls getting shut down across Georgia and sending voter machines without power cords, which then caused some of the devices to have to run on battery until they died. Coincidentally, this all happened in minority areas.
The new voter registration law, “use it it lose it” says that if you don’t participate in a certain amount of elections, you will be purged and put into a removal process. If we as US citizens, have earned the right to vote, why don’t we don’t have the right to not vote?
Because Kemp is under the 51% mark, Abrams has not conceded to Kemp and will not until there is either a recount including all absentee ballots or a run off. If there is a runoff, it will take place December 4th. Stacey Abrams isn’t backing down anytime soon and is ready to fight for what’s hers. We wish Stacey Abrams the best of luck on her journey to becoming the first African American female governor in the United States.