On the final day of voting in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff elections, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams made an impromptu stop at a restaurant in Jonesboro, Ga., to connect with potential voters. “Today is one more proof point that Georgia is turning, that we are making progress in serving our people and, more importantly, that people believe in their power to change,” Georgia's former Democratic House leader said.
STACEY ABRAMS: The work says that we are determined. We are touching voters across the state. We have invested in a multicultural, multiethnic, multiregional approach, and we believe that people are going to show up and show out. And I'm very, very, very strongly convinced that we'll come close to victory, if not take it.
Today is Election Day, and I want to make certain there's not one stone left unturned and that everyone understands what's at stake and that they've got a plan to vote. Today is one more proof point that Georgia is turning, that we are making progress in serving our people, and, more importantly, that people believe in their power to make change. That sounds kind of hokey and ideological, but what I mean by that is that every time we see opportunities to improve the lives of others, we should be able to take it. But that means that the people whose lives need to be improved the most have to have the power to do so.
Georgia is a divided state. We are 50/50. And my point is that the 50% that share Democratic values of making certain people have access to health care, to jobs, and to justice, that their voices need to be heard and that as often as possible we need to hold the power necessary to make those principles and values true. But it's always going to require partnership, or at least for the next decade.
Demographics are changing. Politics are changing. But nothing happens overnight. This is the beginning of a process. We're in the next phase. And this is the phase where we-- everyone knows it's possible, and now we've got to get to the place where it's permanent.