Former Georgia lawmaker and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lashed out at the state Republican-led ballot audit currently underway in Arizona, falsely claiming that it’s part of an ongoing “insurrection.”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Abrams, who has never conceded her verified 2018 loss to GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, also claimed that the ballot audit was designed to further “the big lie” of widespread voter fraud and irregularities stemming from the 2020 elections.
“It’s a continuation of the big lie, but more importantly and more concerningly, it’s a continuation of the insurrection, of this attempt to disenfranchise voters and to dismiss the legitimacy of our elections,” Abrams said.
She went on to say, without evidence, that the Arizona audit, which is examining some 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, the state’s largest and home to Phoenix, is “part of a larger intention” to change voting laws in GOP-led states with an eye toward preventing people from voting.
Abrams was among leading Democrats who have charged that a new voter integrity law passed earlier this year in her home state is racist and designed to keep Georgians of color from voting. Supporters of the legislation have pushed back, citing the law’s expanded pre-election day voting and other provisions that are far less restrictive than in other states, including President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.
“Just today there was leaked audio from Heritage Action for America where they admitted that this is model legislation being promulgated across the country through a vast Republican intention of limiting access to the right to vote, because they think it’s the best way to win,” she claimed.
“It should not be a question of Republicans or Democrats gaming the system, but everyone being able to participate and make their own choices,” she added.
Abrams’ comments come, however, as Republicans in Congress charge that Democrats have launched an effort to have the federal government effectively take over the administration of elections, which have, since the country’s founding, largely been administered by states.
GOP critics say H.R. 1 and S.1 are designed to overturn state voter ID laws, ban purging voter registration lists of dead or ineligible voters, legalize ballot harvesting, and mandate same-day voter registration, among many other measures.
Abrams went on to call out Republicans for “hypocrisy” and “gaslighting” the issue after many have said the 2020 elections were legitimate while they back state efforts to improve voter confidence in elections.
But by the same token, neither she nor Cooper addressed efforts by congressional Democrats to alter state voting laws with a host of federal-level changes if they also believe the 2020 elections were legitimate.
Meanwhile, black leaders have called out Abrams for gaslighting over voter ID laws in her home state.
Earlier this week, at an event co-hosted by Black Americans for a Better Future Education Fund and the Georgia Black Republican Council, leaders called her out while also calling on American corporations — especially those headquartered in Georgia — to realize that not all blacks have the same political viewpoints.
“It’s been estimated that Cobb County will lose north of $100 million in revenue and economic activity as a result of [Major League] baseball’s unilateral decision to relocate the game,” Raynard Jackson, founder and chairman of the Black Americans for a Better Future Education Fund, said. “We want to put a human face on this issue today. These are not just mere statistics and data that Cobb County put out.”
“You have one person by the name of Stacey Abrams who lied,” Jackson went on. “She got Major League Baseball to relocate the game. She got corporations like Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, to come out against the Georgia Integrity Act.”
As to the Arizona audit, State Senate President Karen Fann asked Maricopa County election officials to meet next week to “constructively resolve” irregularities investigators have discovered including the deletion of a main database in the Election Management System (EMS).
Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence! pic.twitter.com/mY0fmmFXAm
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 13, 2021
“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” she wrote in a letter to the chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers. “This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena.”
“This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed,” Fann continued. “Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?”
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