ATLANTA (TND) — Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams believes misinformation "targeted" at Black men is the reason she experienced a decline in support from Black voters in a new Marist poll.
Unfortunately, this year, black men have been a very targeted population for misinformation,” Abrams said on MSNBC’s “Velshi” over the weekend. “Not misinformation about what they want but about why they want what they deserve.”
Abrams also argued during the segment that it was a “false narrative” to claim high voter turnout means “voter suppression" isn't an issue.
Let’s be clear, the false narrative that voter turnout has felled the idea of voter suppression misunderstands the effectiveness of suppression,” Abrams said. “It has never been about stopping all voters. It is about clogging the arteries of the process and stopping certain voters. There is a precision to voter suppression.”
[Voters] know that there have been more difficulties put in place for absentee ballots, that white supremacist groups and hard-right-wing groups have been challenging people's right to vote,” she added.
In fact, Abrams argued voter suppression efforts have actually motivated voters to go to the polls. When Velshi asked Abrams how "influential" voter suppression was on Georgia voters and if they would show up at polls just so "that stuff is reversed," Abrams replied that "it is exactly one of the reasons that people are turning out."
[Voters] understand that Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger put barriers in place, that they’re going to be denied access to food and water in lines," Abrams said. "They know that there have been more difficulties put in place for absentee ballots."
On Saturday, Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, announced Georgia had set an all-time record for midterm early voter turnout, with an excess of “2.5M mark for ballots cast prior to Election Day.”
As of Saturday morning, Georgia’s record breaking early turnout concluded with 2,288,889 voters casting their ballot during Early Voting, with 231,063 showing up on Friday, November 4th,” a press release from Raffensperger's office, announcing the record, stated. “Friday’s in-person total was 6% higher than the final day of Early Voting in the 2020 Presidential election.”