Stacey Abram’s Election Challenges Thrown Out Of Court

( Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams didn’t get her way this time, as groups that are associated with her lost a challenge they made in federal court over election practices in the state.

Last Friday, a federal judge found that the election practices in Georgia didn’t violate voters’ constitutional rights. The lawsuit was originally filed four years ago, but this ruling settled all the remaining issues of the suit in favor of Georgia.

In the 288-page order he issued last Friday, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones referred to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 when he wrote:

“Although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the VRA.”

Back in November of 2018, only a few weeks after Abrams lost her bid to become governor of Georgia, Fair Fight Action, a group associated with Abrams, filed this lawsuit. Throughout that entire campaign, Abrams had said that Republican Brian Kemp — who was serving as secretary of state then and is governor now — used his position to suppress the vote of people in the state.

Kemp consistently denied those allegations.

Following this most recent ruling in federal court, Kemp said it was a victory for him and yet another loss for Abrams, who is once again trying to unseat Kemp in next month’s gubernatorial election.

In a statement, Kemp’s campaign said:

“Judge Jones’ ruling exposes this legal effort for what it really is: a tool wielded by a politician hoping to wrongfully weaponize the legal system to further her own political goals.”

Both Fair Fight and Abrams were not happy about the decision, though they said their lawsuit has brought about some positive change in the state still.

In a statement of her own, Abrams said:

“While the court’s actions are not the perfect outcome, the conduct of this trial and preceding cases and legislative actions represent a hard-won victory for voters who endured long lines, burdensome date of birth requirements and exact match laws that disproportionately impact Black and Brown voters.”

The court battle between Abrams and Republicans in Georgia is now officially over. But, Kemp and Abrams are squaring off again for the second gubernatorial election in a row.

Back in 2018, Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams. Since then, both candidates have made a name for themselves nationally for different reasons.

Kemp has drawn the ire of former President Donald Trump and some of his followers for failing to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, which went to Democrat Joe Biden.

Abrams, on the other hand, has tried to expand the footprint of her claims of voter suppression in Georgia, even though she’s yet to prove one of them yet — or have any of them ruled on in a court of law.

The lawsuit, which was filed nearly four years ago, included as plaintiffs Fair Fight Action, Care in Action and several houses of worship.