“I maintain my complaint” and “the process has denied access to too many people”

On Monday’s “OutFront” show on CNN, Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams answered a question about whether she would accept the decision of Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Steve Jones. , against a legal action around this election filed by a group supported by her stating that “I stand by my complaint about every time state actors put up barriers to access” and answered a question on the made her admit that she lost the election arguing that “the process denied access to too many voters, and that was proven”. in the trial.

After airing a clip of Abrams vowing to sue for the ‘gross mismanagement’ of the 2018 election, host Erin Burnett asked: ‘So now that the judge has ruled against you, do you accept the ruling? as she is ?”

Abrams replied, “Well, let’s be clear about what this decision says, it was a 288-page decision, where the judge explicitly stated that my organization – or the organization that I founded and the office of the secretary of state, have won some of the lawsuits, we have lost some. In the past four years, because of this lawsuit, 22,000 people have been reinstated on the rolls. 2,000 people who were subject to a system that denied them access to the right to vote on the basis of their citizenship – or on the basis of becoming new citizens, they were finally allowed to be effectively put back on the rolls. [were] dramatic legislative changes to the postal voting process. Due to this dispute, changes have been made to the exact match. Because of this litigation, over the past four years we have seen improvements in the election process. But, unfortunately, in response to those changes and the very dramatic evidence that’s happened because of increased access, we’ve also seen this Governor and Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, pass SB 202 to put in place new barriers. And so, I stand by my complaint that whenever state actors put barriers to access in front of eligible voters, we should always push back. And I will continue to be very proud of the work that Fair Fight has done and will continue to do to protect access to the vote in Georgia.

Host Erin Burnett asked: “Is there a scenario where you would concede that you lost, publicly, in 2018?”

Abrams replied, “In 2018, the day I gave that speech, if you played the beginning of the speech, I recognized that I am not the governor, that Brian Kemp won the election. What I said was that the process denied access to too many voters, and that was proven by over 3,000 voters who had their voices heard, by a trial and a process that was the first full trial held on suffrage in more than a decade in the state of Georgia. I never denied the result. I have always questioned the process and the access. And I think it’s dangerous and dishonest to confuse concerns about access with concerns about outcomes. The result is who wins. And no one is entitled to victory, including myself. I was never clear that I didn’t win the race. But access belongs to every eligible American. And it is up to every person, at every level of government and in our society, to demand that equal access to the right to vote be made available in this country, and that is what I continue to fight for. .

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