Stacey Abrams is standing by her refusal to concede last year’s Georgia gubernatorial election, telling “CBS This Morning” that doing so would make her “complicit” in a “rigged” system.
“I am complicit if I say that system is fair,” she said on Monday. “I did not deny the legal sufficiency of the election, I am not claiming to be the governor of Georgia.”
She added that “voter suppression is real and affecting people across the country.”
Abrams also emphasized that this is the difference between her claims that the system is rigged and President Donald Trump’s insinuations in 2016 that he might refuse to accept the results if he was defeated.
Trump “refuses to acknowledge the legal sufficiency or threatens not to, but my point is that the laws are wrong,” Abrams stressed. “We have to fix those laws because as long as we have eligible American citizens who cannot cast a ballot, then the game is rigged.”
Abrams is focusing on expanding the work of her voting rights initiative, Fair Fight 2020, to make sure every eligible ballot in next year’s election is counted.
“Voter suppression is the base line that determines whether your voice is heard, whether the values and the policies that you want ever come to fruition,” said Abrams.
Abrams lost to Republican Brian Kemp by almost 55,000 votes but claims this was due to his voter-suppression efforts, which were facilitated by his keeping his position as Georgia secretary of state while he ran for governor, according to National Review.
Kemp purged some 53,000 voters after they ignored the state’s multiple requests to fix discrepancies between their voter-registration forms and forms already compiled in state databases.