Tuesday morning, a federal lawsuit was filed in United States Federal Court at the Richard B. Russell Building. The lawsuit, against interim Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden and state election board members, was filed by two groups — Fair Fight Action and Care in Action.
The lawsuit’s goal is an overhaul of Georgia’s electoral administration, which provides a remedy to the ills of voter discrimination and suppression in the state.
“The Georgia election for governor is over, but citizens of Georgia deserve an elections system they have confidence in,” said Abrams’ former campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, during a press conference after the lawsuit was filed. Groh-Wargo now serves as CEO of Fair Fight Action. “We will show how lack of planning trampled on Georgians’ basic right to vote.”
According to Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, attorney and former campaign chairwoman for the Abrams campaign, more than 40,000 people have reached out to the Abrams campaign and Fair Fight Action since election night.
“We are seeking to address constitutional injuries for Georgians across the state. These widespread violations of federal law are a concern to everyone who values our Constitution,” Lawrence-Hardy said. “The heart of our Constitution is that each person gets a vote. That has to work for our Democracy to work.”
Former Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is not a plaintiff in the lawsuit. However, she is backing Fair Fight Georgia in an advisory role.
“Stacey Abrams is not a plaintiff in this lawsuit,” Groh-Wago stressed. “We’re taking everything we’ve learned from the campaign … it needs to be focused on every Georgia citizen who could not vote. If it was one person, or 100,000 people – we need to fix this system.”
Care in Action Georgia is the additional plaintiff in Tuesday’s lawsuit. Speaking on behalf of domestic workers across the state, Democratic Senator Nikema Williams said countless people “suffered at the hands of the Secretary of State” because they could not afford to stand in line to vote.
“They have jobs to work, families to care for and other responsibilities,” Williams said. “Many people had trouble taking time off to vote and cure any provisional ballot issues. This is not indicative of who we are. Your zip code, gender or income level should not determine if a vote is counted.”
Today, Georgia State Senator @NikemaForSenate joined @gwlauren and #FairFight Georgia as they launched a lawsuit to eradicate election irregularities and #CountEveryVote in the state. #GeorgiaPolitics #GaPol pic.twitter.com/0dAiEYping
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