Stacey Abrams refuses to lose. Instead of conceding the obvious Brian Kemp victory in the Georgia governor’s race, she’s now considering unprecedented legal action to try and convince the courts that enough people were disenfranchised that a new round of voting must occur:
WASHINGTON TIMES – Stacey Abrams‘ campaign and legal team is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor’s race that could leave the state’s Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting.
The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign that’s been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.
Top Abrams advisers outlined her prospective case to The Associated Press, stressing that the Democratic candidate hasn’t finalized a decision about whether to proceed once state officials certify Kemp as the victor. That could happen as early as Friday evening.
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams‘ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised. Abrams would then decide whether to go to court under a provision of Georgia election law that allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.”
Kemp is leading by 18,000 votes and could be certified as victor by this afternoon!
Yet Abrams intends to claim that at least 18,000 people were ‘disenfranchised’ or something in her plight to steal the election:
Unofficial returns show Kemp with about 50.2 percent of more than 3.9 million votes. That puts him about 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority and avoid a Dec. 4 runoff.
Abrams would assert that enough irregularities occurred to raise the possibility that at least 18,000 Georgians either had their ballots thrown out or were not allowed to vote.
Lawrence-Hardy told the AP that Abrams will weigh legal considerations alongside her belief that many of her backers – particularly minority and poorer voters who don’t regularly go to the polls – heeded her call to participate and ran into barriers.
Kemp says what she’s doing is a disgrace:
Kemp, who served as the state’s chief elections officer until two days after the election when he resigned as secretary of state and declared victory, has maintained that any uncounted ballots won’t change the outcome. His campaign has called Abrams‘ legal maneuvers so far a “disgrace to democracy” and an attempt to “count illegal votes.”
It’s 18,000 votes. When Bush and Gore went to the Supreme Court in the 2000 election, it was over ‘hundreds’ of votes, not thousands.
The fact that Abrams is even considering this legal strategy shows that she is the ultimate sore loser and would rather steal the election through the courts than let the voice of the people stand. It’s pathetic.