OP-ED: We must Stop stacey to Restore Confidence in Georgia Elections
In Georgia, we saw firsthand just how disastrous the 2020 election was. Inconsistent implementation and glaring disparities in the rules for election observers, voting precincts with major delays in reporting results, sworn affidavits and videos demonstrating suspicious behavior, and massive tranches of previously uncounted votes randomly being discovered in multiple counties days and weeks after election day—just to name a few.
To address these inexcusable issues, Georgia Republicans are taking swift action under the Gold Dome to ensure that no such disaster happens again. Their thoughtful approach includes legislation requiring identification to request absentee ballots and a bill to begin counting absentee ballots a week before Election Day. These bold leaders are also looking at ways to secure drop-box voting, determine an accurate daily count of total votes cast, and more.
These common sense, timely proposals are a much-needed response to the total failure of the 2020 elections. More importantly, they put us on a path toward regaining confidence in Peach State elections.
Unfortunately, radical Democrats are standing in the way of these reform efforts. The Left doesn’t want secure elections because they benefit from lax voting laws and glaring loopholes that leave our state open for fraud. In short, they stand to benefit from a lack of integrity, transparency, and uniformity in the process.
As expected, Stacey Abrams is once again leading this left-wing opposition. For years, she peddled nonsense voter-suppression conspiracies to cover for her embarrassing 2018 loss to Governor Brian Kemp and to chip away at legal safeguards in Georgia – and across the country. Since her defeat, Abrams has spent millions on high-powered attorneys to challenge laws that ensure safe, fair, and accessible elections. Now, Abrams and her George Soros-funded political action group, Fair Fight, are spending millions more to attack Republicans and maintain the status quo in Georgia.
Thanks to the mainstream media, who are more interested in serving as a mouthpiece for her baseless claims than reporting real facts, Stacey’s power remains unfettered. But Abrams’ attempts to derail election reform in Georgia aren’t fooling anyone. It’s clear that her only reason for opposing progress is for her own political gain and Stop Stacey, a conservative grassroots organization, is spearheading the movement to expose her shady, dark money network, derail her radical, socialist agenda, and defeat Stacey Abrams’ efforts at the ballot box.
Our organization applauds the work of Sen. Larry Walker, Sen. Bill Cowsert, Rep. Barry Fleming, and so many others in the Georgia Legislature who are fighting every day to ensure the voices of millions of Georgians don’t go unheard. For these legislators’ efforts to simply ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia, they have been labeled vile, racist, and tagged as “conspiracy theorists” by Abrams and her dishonest liberal allies. It’s a typical and tired attack straight out of the Democrats’ playbook—but once again, hardworking Georgians aren’t falling for it. A recent poll commissioned by the Atlanta Journal Constitution found that 55% of Georgia voters support additional safeguards on our elections. We proudly back these bold conservative leaders who are listening to their constituents and doing the selfless work of strengthening election integrity—even in the midst of ridiculous and divisive attacks from Abrams and the Democrats.
We are at a pivotal moment, where conservatives in Georgia and around the country must come together and rebuild trust in our democratic process. We must deliver results to restore confidence in our elections and ensure that only legal votes count. And we must stand united against Stacey Abrams and the millions she is spending to slow our progress. She can spend, slander and try to distract, but we will not back down.
Together, we can pass common-sense reforms that strengthen election integrity and stop Stacey Abrams from setting up another unfair fight in 2022.
Jeremy Brand is the senior strategist for Stop Stacey.