ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams is back in the spotlight as she voices her concerns about how the midterm elections were carried out in Georgia.
Working under her new organization, Fair Fight Georgia, Abrams is filing a federal lawsuit that alleges "gross mismanagement" of the election and the larger voter system.
The lawsuit names Georgia’s interim Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden and the State Election Board as defendants. It is asking the courts to step in and force reform of the entire election system.
The lawsuit claims mismanagement and malfeasance at just about every level of the Georgia’s election process under Governor-elect Brian Kemp’s tenure as secretary of state.
Allegations range from purged registrations to inconsistently counted absentee and provisional ballots to long lines at the polls.
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"We're going to talk today about this lawsuit, which is going to describe and then prove in court how the constitutional rights of Georgians were trampled in the 2018 general election,” said CEO of Fair Fight Action Lauren Groh-Wargo.
The lawsuit is one of nearly a dozen other pending federal lawsuits that have been filed before four other federal judges by different Democratic activist groups.
“Our plan is to hold all elected officials accountable to the rights of Georgians and the right to vote," Groh-Wargo said.
The lawsuit, which names only Crittenden and members of the state election board as defendants, also seeks to abolish Georgia’s aging electronic voting machines and challenges the state’s exact match laws and security surrounding voter rolls.
A spokesperson for Crittenden emailed us a statement saying:
"…it has never been easier to register to vote or make your voice heard at the ballot box in our state. Along with thousands of local elections and registration officials across our state, we remain committed to secure, accessible, and fair elections for all voters."
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