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Stacey Abrams ‘bullish’ about passage of voting rights legislation like the John Lewis Act

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Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor in Georgia, is hopeful about both bills. She recently told Reuters that support for the John Lewis Voting Rights act especially “signals the understanding that we are at a perilous moment in our democracy.”

“I remain very bullish on the possibility of us getting these bills passed. But that means we need to keep talking about it and we need to keep amplifying the real effects of these laws,” Abrams continued. “Any party that uses manipulation of the system as their predicate should be disowned.”

The former Georgia House representative has seen firsthand how restrictive voting laws can impact an election: As a voting rights activist, she’s consistently battled restrictive laws through her Fair Fight PAC and even launched a tool that allows registered voters in Georgia to see if they’re about to be purged from the election rolls. A federal lawsuit and countless other legal challenges have been filed to stop the state of Georgia from enacting discriminatory voting laws. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has fought the Department of Justice at every turn and even filed his own lawsuit against the agency yesterday over an allegedly ignored records request.

Abrams took aim at lawmakers like Raffensperger, who responded to the results of the 2020 election by focusing on voter disenfranchisement: “I think the rub is that this is inconvenient voters who demonstrated in 2020 that not only would they vote at the top of the ticket but they changed elections and changed outcomes throughout the country at the federal, state, and local level. And these have now proven to be inconvenient voters to those who would like to hold to what they have used to build their power.”

There is a way to get every state in the country on the same page when it comes to voting and allow for freer elections: Congress must pass voting rights legislation immediately. Call on lawmakers to take up the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act by signing the petition.

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