Stacey Abrams Group Targets Opponent in Lawsuit
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is making good on her promise to challenge the way the state's elections are run. Fair Fight Action -- where Abrams serves as a Board member and which is run by her former Campaign Manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo -- filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging that state elections officials “grossly mismanaged” the 2018 election in a way that deprived some citizens, particularly low-income people and people of color, of their right to vote in violation of their constitutional rights. Georgia’s former Secretary of State and Abrams’ opponent, Republican Governor-elect Brian Kemp, has a well-documented history of voter suppression. The lawsuit was filed against interim Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden, who was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal after Kemp stepped down. However, it clearly targets Kemp. Speaking to reporters, Groh-Wargo cited multiple problems, including the purging of eligible voters from voter rolls under a “use it or lose it” policy; the state’s so-called “exact match” voter registration rules that require information on voter applications to precisely match state or federal files; an insufficient number of voting machines at some precincts; and a lack of sufficient training for elections officials. Several federal judges presiding over ongoing lawsuits found problems with aspects of the state’s election system and ordered temporary fixes in the run-up to the election and immediately afterward. The AP reports that Care in Action Georgia, the state chapter of a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting for the rights of domestic workers, has joined the suit as a plaintiff. More here.