As long as we’re compiling 2020 firsts, let’s not forget Stacey Abrams’s achievement as the first gubernatorial candidate to lose an election and claim forever afyer that she won. According to Abrams, she didn’t lose, or wouldn’t have, if (a) the U.S. Constitution had not begun the practice of voter suppression or (b) a federal judge had agreed to reinstate 100,000 inactive voter registrations to Georgia’s voter rolls after they were approved for removal.
The last of these grievances is especially rich in light of Abrams’s new role as a crusader for fairness in voting. She now heads up a Georgia voting rights organization called Fair Fight, which naturally is involved in the Georgia Senate run-off election.
In that role, Abrams opposed the removal by two Georgia counties of residents from the voter rolls who had formally changed their address. The total number of names was approximately 4,150.
Luckily for Abrams, a federal judge stepped in on Monday and enjoined the counties from purging those names from the rolls. The judge’s name? Leslie Abrams Gardner. She is Stacey Abrams’s sister.
If that seems a little too convenient, it will seem all the more so when you consider that the vast majority of the names, 4,000, were in Muscogee County. As Politico notes, that county was handily won by Joe Biden won handily in November.