Judge who blocks voter purge in 2 Georgia counties ahead of Senate run-off is Stacey Abrams’ sister

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Cleaning up voter rolls in America continues to be as difficult as trying to pull a tooth with a string, and almost as painful, thanks in large part to the Democratic Party and a few liberal judges — all of which may explain the party’s affinity for unsolicited mail-in ballots.

In Georgia, where a pair of run-off elections taking place in January carry with them the critical balance of the U.S. Senate, a federal judge ordered two counties to reverse a decision removing more than 4,000 voters from the rolls, according to Politico.

 

But we’re not talking just any judge. U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, an Obama appointee, is the sister of failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Gardner issued the ruling Monday, after rejecting a request to remove herself from the case due to her relationship with her sister: “The Court has reviewed the motion and finds no basis for recusal.”

Georgia is one of a handful of swing states that Trump led on Election Night, only to see his lead evaporate into thin air as the counting went on and on. And on.

Abrams, who was reportedly on Biden’s shortlist for vice president, was celebrated by the BBC as the “woman behind Biden’s biggest surprise.”

Her grassroots organizing and voter registration efforts were cited as deciding factors in the outcome of the presidential election — following a now familiar script, Abrams denounced past efforts to maintain clean voters rolls as disenfranchisement.

The venerable New York Times ballyhooed about Abrams “building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.

Muscogee County is one of the counties affected by Monday’s ruling, and Politico reported the county board said in its recusal request Abrams is “a Georgia politician and voting rights activist … engaged in various highly publicized efforts to increase voter registration and turnout for the 2020 general election in Georgia.”

After Biden pulled ahead in Georgia, Abrams took to Twitter to crow, citing a number of left-wing voting rights advocacy groups.

But despite her deep involvement in voter registration efforts in the state, her sister the judge saw no reason to recuse herself from a case involving voter registration.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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