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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 10:46 PM

Stacey Abrams says efforts against voter suppression made 'the difference' in Georgia

Source: ABC News

Stacey Abrams said on ABC’s "The View" on Thursday that her work fighting voter suppression was key to getting Georgia to turn blue in the presidential race.

“That fight is what I think helped make the difference because voters who wanted to be heard had the ability this time to actually make it through the gauntlet, get to the ballot box and cast their votes,” she said. “But this work did not happen overnight. It didn't happen over two years.”

Abrams has received much of the credit for Democrats' electoral successes in Georgia this election. The former Democratic leader in the Georgia state House rose to national prominence during the 2018 gubernatorial race, which she narrowly lost to now-Gov. Brian Kemp.

But Abrams and the voting rights organizations she founded, Fair Fight and The New Georgia Project, have been thrust into the spotlight again, having helped register hundreds of thousands of Georgians to vote and leading get out the vote efforts in The Peach State that have put Georgia in play for Democrats.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/stacey-abrams-voter-suppression-effort-made-difference-georgia/story?id=74146679



A lot of folks have complained about the inaccuracy of polls. Before the election, there were many stories noting the increased efforts by Republicans to suppress key sections of the electorate. For example, slow walking mail in urban, Democratic leaning areas, or limiting in-person ballot drop boxes and polling locations.

Republicans obviously believe that voter suppression has value, which is why they put so much effort into it. The question is how large of an impact? If we assume even a modest impact of 1 to 2 percent, then that is the difference between control of the Senate and winning several states.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/11/06/texas-voting-access-turnout/

Despite record turnout, some Texas voters were still shut out

Despite doing everything she could to cast a ballot, Wanda Kizzee was left out of the biggest election of her lifetime.

“It’s very frustrating because I felt like my right to be heard was stripped from me by no fault of my own. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to vote, or anything like that. I really wanted to vote, and it was just taken away from me,” said Kizzee, 55, a travel nurse whose ballot mailed to her by Harris County officials never made it to California, where she was working during the election. “This has never happened before, and I almost think it’s criminal that it did.”

Elections officials in Texas are wrapping up vote counts after record turnout, ending an election season rife with dueling accusations of suppression and unverified ballot fraud. With turnout numbers reflecting the nation’s interest in an election framed by the president’s response to an out-of-control pandemic, it’s easy to observe that Texas voters were able to vote in large numbers, with upwards of 11 million casting ballots.

But it’s also clear from calls to election hotlines, social media traffic and interviews with voters that a number of Texans, like Kizzee, tried to vote and couldn’t. The pandemic, fear, complex processes, missing absentee ballots, uninformed poll workers, technical issues, registration problems and other hurdles disenfranchised a number of Texans.

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Fri Nov 13, 2020, 06:44 AM

1. +1. So important. Biden's priorities must be 1 Covid 2 Electoral Reform 3 Punish trumpista crime. nt

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Fri Nov 13, 2020, 06:52 AM

2. Stacey has the secret forrmula

I'd also add, Trump drove lots of Republicans to the polls - MAGAts for Trump and anti-Trumpers forr Biden. While there they all voted Republican down-ballot. Overperformance.

Pollsters finally admitted they don't know who they're polling. MAGAt's won't take their polls, answer their questions, and by implication answer their questions honestly. Pollsters are elite city dorks in bow ties I suspect. Thus MAGAts were undercounted in polls by 5-6%.

COVID made this a unique year without conventional campaigning. Biden's race was smart, efficient, but a bit subdued. He ran as the anti-Trump and the Democratic platform was unknown to all but loyal Democrats, which caused some underperformance outside the party. We will rebound in 2022. I don't think it will be 2010 all over again.

Georgia Senate? It's best if we're 6-7 points down in the polls. Republicans will think they have it made, we'll be motivated. With Trump off the ballot fewer MAGAts will turn out. But count me in the camp that says if we win either or both of these 2 races, they will be squeaker races with extended litigation and recounts. Our winners won't be seated until June.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 02:28 PM

4. Polls can only measure future intention to vote, but what if voter cannot anticipate...

...the difficulties they will face voting? For example, how can a voter in Atlanta gauge what would happen if their VBM is stuck in a postal facility?

This was why I was dubious about polls before the election. It is not that I did not think that the polls were accurate with respect to what they measured. It is just that Trump and Republicans were engaging in unprecedented voter suppression.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 06:59 AM

3. We have a lot to Thank Stacy Abrams

For all she's done in Georgia!💙

GOTV Ground GAme Georgia!💙

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