Stacey Abrams pushes voter-suppression theme as Georgia breaks early voting records
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) talks to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at a recent campaign stop in Minneapolis.
FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams listens to a question during a campaign rally at the Hilton Anatole in Atlanta.
The Democratic candidate for governor said her administration would pursue policies that include more aggressive laws to remove people from the voter rolls and increase voter fraud.
Abrams said her “record with law enforcement is unparalleled in this country,” adding that her office has launched a multi-state investigation to uncover evidence about widespread voter suppression.
“We are all very, very concerned with voter suppression in our state and across this country,” Abrams said at a campaign stop in Minnesota.
But Abrams’ focus on voter suppression has put her into conflict with state Republicans who say they are trying to make sure election results keep pace with changes brought on by the “wedge issue” of online voter registration.
Abrams said that her administration would “follow the law,” but she would take different approaches to make sure she won.
Abrams, 46, has been in the governor’s mansion for nine months and began campaigning for governor this month. Her campaign has also been focused on attracting voters who might not be able to visit the polls on election day.
Abrams on Friday was traveling from Minnesota to Georgia to drum up support for her candidacy. She was there to support a candidate who was arrested and charged with felony voter fraud after an arrest in Georgia in August, officials said.
Abrams, who was Georgia’s first black female governor when she served from 2011 to 2017, is trying to tap into voters who might not show up to the polls. She said she is counting on more young people to register to vote.
She said: “I have to show up on Election Day and turn out my constituents on Election Day,