Stacey Abrams calls for reform after Georgia primary becomes ‘unmitigated disaster’

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wednesday, where she discussed the chaotic mess surrounding the Georgia primary elections. Voting issues plagued her own bid for governor in 2018 and she wants election officials to start being held accountable, starting with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

“It was an unmitigated disaster because the secretary of state, who is in charge of elections, claims that he had no responsibility for the actual performance of elections,” said Abrams. “So, instead, it depended on the county you lived in if you had access to democracy.”

Abrams also questioned Raffensperger’s use of election funds. “This is all due to the fact that the secretary of state failed to train, failed to give good direction, failed to invest but he found it possible to spend $400,000 to film a television commercial about himself purchasing new machines,” said Abrams. “That could have paid for 1,600 poll workers, which certainly would have made things easier yesterday for Georgians.”

Despite Georgia investing $106 million in new voting machines, Abrams and others are concerned that these voting issues could be even worse in November. So she is pushing for the Heroes Act to be passed by the senate, which would allocate $3.6 billion for the equipment, supplies, and staffing needed to administer elections in 2020.