Stacey Abrams (D-GA) is prodding Congress to take action on voting rights, following her second bid to become Georgia’s governor. Abrams told the Associated Press that an impending “maelstrom of voter suppression laws” from Republicans who opposed new federal voting guarantees would pose a massive threat to Democrats’ ability to pass new rules.
“I understand the resistance to completely dismantling the filibuster. But I do believe there’s a way to restore the Senate to a working body so that things like defending democracy can actually take place,” Abrams said.
In 2018, Abrams was the first Black woman to become a major party’s nominee for governor, though she ultimately suffered a narrow loss to current Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). Abrams has called Kemp out for being lax in regard to COVID-19 issues and for neglecting to move Medicaid expansion proposals forward, saying, “Leadership is about leading. It’s not about guessing, and more importantly, it’s not about abdicating responsibility by saying everyone just figure it out.” She added, “If we wanted a system where everyone could figure it out, we wouldn’t need to elect the governor.”
This Abrams has long championed voting rights equality — her fervent efforts and commitment to democracy were lauded in the 2020 presidential election and a similarly high-stakes Senate runoffs, in which Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) triumphed over Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) edged out David Perdue (R-GA).
Source: Now This