As midterm elections approach, the importance of election integrity grows as decisions will be made that have the chance to seriously change the country’s future.
While it is important to make sure elections are ethically conducted and voters are equally allowed to cast their ballots, it is also important to defend ethical practices when they are challenged by unhappy losing candidates.
Groups associated with current Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Stacy Abrams, filed a lawsuit against Republican Brian Kemp alleging that he used his position as Secretary of State to affect their contest for Governor in 2018 by suppressing voters.
The case was recently thrown out, finding that Georgia’s election practices did not violate the rights of the state’s citizens in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Now a top election official out of Georgia has demanded that Stacy Abrams and President Joe Biden issue apologies for claims of voter suppression in the state.
Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Gabriel Sterling, came after Georgia has seen record numbers for early voting ahead of midterms.
“How many turnout records do we have to break before Stacey Abrams and President Biden apologize to Georgia?” Sterling recently said.
A statement from Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office detailed statistics.
“We’re on track to break records in terms of voter turnout in every category.”
“In 2018, 223,576 Georgians voted by mail for Governor. So far this year, we’ve received 239,789 requests for absentee ballots, 238,356 have been mailed out. We’ll exceed 2018’s total for mailed-in ballots. So far we’ve been breaking the early vote record set in 2018, and we’re approaching the early vote numbers in 2020.”
“Georgia voters continued to hit record breaking turnout on day three of Early Voting. As of Thursday morning, just under 400,000 Georgia voters have cast their ballot during in-person Early Voting, with 126,918 showing up on Wednesday, October 19th.”
“Wednesday’s total marks a 63.3% increase from day three of 2018 midterm Early Voting and is only slightly under the total of day three of Early Voting in the 2020 Presidential election.”
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