Fair Fight Action

Fair Fight Action is an organization founded in 2018 by Stacey Abrams to address voter suppression, especially in the states of Georgia and Texas.[1] Fair Fight and Fair Fight Action are two separate organizations, but share the same website. [2]

OriginsEdit

Stacey Abrams had long been involved with the Democratic Party and had served as a Democratic leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.[3] In 2018 Stacey Abrams ran for Governor of Georgia against Republican Brian Kemp.[4] The 2018 gubernatorial race received national attention for irregularities in voter access to the ballot. At the time, Kemp was serving as Secretary of State and was responsible for the state's voter rolls. He stalled 50,000 votes while he held this position. Civil rights groups interpreted this as intentional voter suppression since his action affected predominantly black voters.[5] [6] In the aftermath of her loss to Kemp, Abrams established Fair Fight Action, "after witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the Secretary of State's office."[7] Abrams decided not to run for president and instead commit to this interest group in the 2020 election.[8]

In 2019, Abrams created Fair Fight 2020, an initiative aimed at monitoring voting practices in key battleground states.[3]

Goals and initiativesEdit

Fair Fight Action aims to make elections in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. more equitable by advocating for changes in voter registration laws that will increase the number of eligible voters. Their goals are to encourage voter turnout and to ensure that all votes are accurately counted.[9] They also want to make absentee ballots more consistent. Abrams has stated she will, "...use my energies and my very loud voice to raise the money we need to train those across the country in our 20 battleground states...".[10]

Fair Fight Action joined the Voter Empowerment Task Force, which is composed of other civil rights groups such as GA NAACP, Black Voters Matter Fund, and the Georgia Coalition for People's Agenda. The coalition's mission was to fight voter intimidation and Raffensperger's task force.[11] The organization has also condemned Brian Kemp's signing of House Bill 838, which further strengthened protections for first responders, including police officers.[12] Fair Fight Action believes that this legislation will only make black people more vulnerable to corrupt officers.

The 2020 presidential election brought national attention to the state of Georgia. Georgia was one of the swing states that potentially determined the outcome of the election. Vice-president-President-elect Joe Biden won the state by a razor-thin lead over President Donald Trump. Many have credited her for not only turning Georgia into a blue state, but for Fair Fight Action 's influence on voter turnout in 20 other states, including crucial states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.[13] Thus, she has been praised for playing a significant role in Biden's win by bringing in more voters from marginalized communities.[14]

Fair Fight Action is poised to keep its reputation as an influential organization in American politics. Her organization raised $6 million to support Reverend Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Senate runoff elections to be held on January 5th, 2021. If the two Democrats win the Senate seats, both the House and Senate will be controlled by Democrats when Biden starts his term.[15]

Legal actionEdit

Fair Fight Action is currently suing the state of Georgia's secretary of state office over what they consider to be unconstitutional voting issues.[8] Fair Fight Action was a party to the court case Curling v. Raffensperger which ordered the state of Georgia to dispose of all old Diebold voting machines prior to Georgia's 2020 presidential preference primary in March 2020.[16][17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Will Stacey Abrams have more of an impact on the 2020 election from the sidelines?". ABC News. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  2. ^ "About Fair Fight". Fair Fight. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  3. ^ a b Herndon, Astead W. (2019-08-13). "Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Fighting Voter Suppression". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  4. ^ "Georgia gubernatorial election results | CNN". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  5. ^ Blinder, Alan; Fausset, Richard (2018-11-16). "Stacey Abrams Ends Fight for Georgia Governor With Harsh Words for Her Rival". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  6. ^ Herndon, Astead W. (2018-10-19). "Georgia Voting Begins Amid Accusations of Voter Suppression". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  7. ^ "About Stacey Abrams". Fair Fight. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  8. ^ a b Herndon, Astead W. (2019-08-13). "Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Fighting Voter Suppression". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  9. ^ "Why We Fight". Fair Fight. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  10. ^ "Abrams brings Fair Fight 2020 to Georgia". AP NEWS. 2019-08-18. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  11. ^ Niesse, Mark; Journal-Constitution, The Atlanta. "Voter protection group created to counter Georgia fraud investigations". ajc. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  12. ^ "What is HB 838 and why are civil rights groups against it?". 11Alive.com. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  13. ^ November 10, CBS News; 2020; Am, 9:20. "Stacey Abrams says fighting voter suppression changed "the trajectory of the nation"". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "Stacey Abrams: The woman behind Biden's biggest surprise". BBC News. 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  15. ^ Greenwood, Max (2020-11-10). "Abrams raises $6M for Georgia Democrats in Senate runoffs". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
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