Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams exposed the GOP effort to rig the vote in Georgia with a point by point deconstruction of what Republicans are doing and why they are doing it.
Transcript via CNN’s State Of The Union:
ABRAMS: The problem is twofold.
One is that you have 53,000 who — people who are being forced to go through unnecessary hurdles to prove their bona fides.
But the second is that you have 159 counties, thousands of volunteer and paid poll workers who are going to be asked to substantially verify that these I.D.s are sufficient. And the challenges there is, this is a subjective standard.
It would be much easier if he actually did his job and processed people in a proper fashion, and we did not have this flawed exact match system, that he knew was flawed because we sued him in 2016, and a federal judge forced him to restore 33,000 illegally canceled registrations.
This is simply a redux of a failed system that is designed to both scare people out of voting and make it harder for those who are willing to push through, make it harder for them to vote.
TAPPER: But, Leader Abrams, he argues that he’s doing his job. The exact match the law was passed by the state legislature last April. He’s the sitting secretary of state.
He says, why should I step down just to — because I’m following the existing law on the books?
ABRAMS: I think the call for his resignation is larger than simply this last and latest example of incompetence.
This is a larger pattern of behavior. This is someone who sued a woman for helping her blind mother cast a ballot, who closed more than 200 polling places across the state, but who also fails to take responsibility for his actions.
When something goes well, he takes credit, but, when there’s a problem, he blames everyone else. Voting should not be a question of trust on the part of voters, whether they can trust the system.
And, right now, he is eroding the public trust in the system because 53,000 people have been told, you may be able to vote, you may not, it’s up to you to prove it.
TAPPER: Can you explain to voters who aren’t familiar with this why you think the exact match system is disproportionately targeting women and people of color?
It — just for people who don’t know, it requires that there not be any discrepancy between somebody’s I.D. and somebody’s name and how they appear in the voter rolls.
So, the professor who was covered by the AP story, this is a college professor who has a hyphen in her last name. Because the hyphen was left out either by someone typing in the information at the Department of Motor Vehicles or in the registrar’s office, she was removed from the rolls, despite being someone who actively votes.
That type of minor error can turn into a major problem. Because she’s a college professor, she knows the systems to go through to figure out the solution.
But what about those low-propensity voters in those tiny communities who are finally stepping up and saying, this is my turn to cast my ballot, only to find that they are disenfranchised? They don’t know that they can go to the polls. They get a confusing letter saying there’s something wrong with their registration. And more than likely they will sit out this election.
The miasma of fear that is created through voter suppression is as much about terrifying people about trying to vote as it is about actually blocking their ability to do so.
Republicans want women and minorities to be afraid to vote in Georgia
The Republican Party is mostly an older white men party. The Georgia exact match law is designed to shape an electorate that looks like the base of the Republican Party in each election. Republicans don’t have to block or suppress every potential voter. The goal is to make people doubt the system and scare them into not trying to vote.
The name of the game for Republicans is fear.
Abrams nailed. Republicans are terrorizing potential voters through scare tactics to keep them away from the polls.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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