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Stacey Abrams was challenged to say what is wrong with Georgia's new voting law, and her response went viral

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The Democratic politician Stacey Abrams speaking with the media in Atlanta in 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A video clip of the voting-rights activist Stacey Abrams went viral Wednesday after she was challenged by a GOP senator to list her objections to Georgia's controversial new election law.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Tuesday, Republican Sen. John Kennedy asked Abrams, the founder of the voting-rights group Fair Fight, to list her objections to Georgia's restrictive new voting law, which she said contained racist provisions.

Abrams, who was credited with helping President Joe Biden win Georgia in 2020 and who previously served as a Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, responded with a long list of her objections to the law that eventually resulted in Kennedy interrupting to stop her.

"Tell me specifically, just give me a list of the provisions that you object to," Kennedy said.

Abrams replied: "I object to the provisions that remove access to the right to vote, that shorten the run-off period from nine weeks to four weeks, that restrict the time that a voter can request to return an absentee ballot--"

Kennedy then interrupted Abrams and asked her to "start over."

She then proceeded to detail a long list of objections. As Abrams continued, Kennedy asked her a total of three times: "What else?"

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Eventually, as Abrams continued to detail problems with the law, he asked: "Is that everything?"

Abrams replied: "No it is not, no sir," and continued to list objections until Kennedy finally interrupted her and said: "OK, I get the idea."

The clip of the interaction was tweeted by the Senate Democrats account on Twitter and shared more than 20,000 times.

Campaign groups, civil-rights advocates, and progressive lawmakers have been highly critical of the law, which they say would suppress voters, and particularly Black voters. The sweeping new law bars people from offering food or water to people waiting to vote and introduces stricter voter-ID rules for absentee ballots, among other provisions.

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