STACEY Abrams is on a mission to save American democracy after warning that “a tin-pot dictatorship can happen in the US”.
“We have seen other steady democracies fall in recent years, and we cannot believe that the America we love is immune,” she said ahead of the 2020 US Presidential Election.
Former Georgia State Representative and voting rights activist Stacey AbramsCredit: EPA
Who is Stacey Abrams?
Stacey Abrams, 46, is a voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate.
Abrams, a lawyer, is widely seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party.
In May 2020, the former Georgia state minority leader – then a possible Democratic vice presidential pick – endorsed Joe Biden for US president, citing his stance on climate change, economic recovery and voting rights.
She gained a national profile in her failed bid to become Georgia’s governor in 2018 and is a leading voting rights advocate in the southern state.
She also has a career in writing novels.
Her books include the nonfiction Our Time is Now and Lead from the Outside and several romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.
What is The New Georgia Project?
Georgia hasn’t given its 16 electoral votes to a Democratic president since Bill Clinton in 1992.
But nearly three decades later, it could turn blue, “in large part because of the visionary efforts of Abrams”, reports Vogue.
At the end of 2013 Stacey Abrams – then an Atlanta lawmaker – founded an initiative called the New Georgia Project.
It set an ambitious goal of registering at least 120,000 minority voters across the state by the 2014 midterm elections.
In 2018 Abrams started a non-profit, Fair Fight, which filed a lawsuit aimed at reforming Georgia’s electoral process.
Since then, Abrams has gone national with her election-reform efforts, focusing on 18 key states where African-American voter turnout were said to prove decisive in November, up and down the ballot.
National election reform was necessary, she explained, because “the United States is a federalist system.
“We rely on the federal government to step in and solve a crisis that no one state can solve alone.
“And when the abdication of responsibility that we’ve seen happen from the Republican-led Senate occurs, then we are watching on a national-level voter suppression that we have unfortunately been aware of at the state-level for the past 20 years.”
As a result of her and other activists’ actions, a staggering estimated 800,000 new voters have registered since 2018.
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