Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate running for Governor in Georgia, just put her competitor Brian Kemp in the hot seat.
This morning it was announced that Abrams and her team are preparing to contest her opponent’s lead in this crucial election. If Kemp is announced the winner, Abrams’ team could use a legal statute that has never been used before in an election like this.
According to The Associated Press:
‘Top Abrams advisers outlined her prospective case to The Associated Press, stressing that the Democratic candidate hasn’t finalized a decision about whether to proceed once state officials certify Kemp as the victor. That could happen as early as Friday evening.
‘Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised. Abrams would then decide whether to go to court under a provision of Georgia election law that allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.”’
If Kemp is declared the winner, Abrams can then contest the victory based on voters who were not able to get to polls and force a run-off election between the two candidates.
It’s a complicated situation, but according to The Hill:
‘Abrams could claim in court that uncounted or incorrectly labeled ballots could have blocked 18,000 Georgians from participating in the election, which would drop Kemp’s vote total below the 50 percent majority threshold and automatically trigger a run-off election.’
Both campaigns declared victory as of Wednesday, but the results remain to be seen. Every vote should be counted, and we look forward to watching the process!
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