Stacey Abrams says investments pay off in Georgia

The voting rights advocate says she's been dedicating her life to fighting for equal access to the ballot, especially for Black voters. (Nov. 6)

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STACEY ABRAMS: It's one of those few moments where we have this power to shape the future for ourselves, to insist upon at least attention to our plight, and to demand behavior that meets this notion that we have as a nation that there should be justice for all.

BARACK OBAMA: Listen, America deserves better than this. Georgia, you deserve better than this.

STACEY ABRAMS: Georgia has had potential for years. We've had investment for a much shorter period. The investment makes a difference because it signals a belief in the capacity of voters to actually make choices when they know those choices are real and when we mitigate the effects of voter suppression.

The investments we've made through the work at Fair Fight, we have seen progress being made and I think absolutely we can not only deliver 16 Electoral College votes, we can deliver two US Senate seats.

After the 2018 election there were a lot of Republican tropes that signaled my accusations, our accusations of voter suppression couldn't be true because we had record turnout. And my push-back was always that's like saying because more people get in the water there can't be sharks.

Likewise, the fact that we have people who desperately need to be heard and believe that this election is essential to their survival does not mean that there is a justification for the lack of investment, the lack of attention, the inequity that exists in our communities when it comes to access to the right to vote. Long lines are not a signal of progress, they are a signal of incompetence and malfeasance and should not be tolerated.

There is no permanent solution and one of our obligations is to constantly engage the electoral system to not simply try to create progress but to mitigate the harm.