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    Fair Fight Action

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    Founders Stacey Abrams

    Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

    Executive Director Cianti Stewart-Reid

    Website fairfight.com

    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]

    Contents

    1 Origins

    2 Goals and initiatives

    3 Legal action 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

    Origins[edit]

    Stacey Abrams in 2021

    Stacey Abrams had long been involved with the Democratic Party, serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives since 2007, and was the minority leader 2011–2017.[3] In 2018 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.[3] In 2021, Abrams announced to run again for governor in the 2022 election.[8]

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

    Goals and initiatives[edit]

    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. Former Vice President 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 has raised $6 million to support Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate runoff elections that were held on January 5, 2021. Warnock and Ossoff both won their races, flipping the control of the Senate to the Democrats.[15]

    Legal action[edit]

    In August 2019, Fair Fight Action sued the Georgia Secretary of State's office over what they consider to be unconstitutional voting issues.[3] Fair Fight Action was a party to the court case which ordered the state of Georgia to dispose of all old Diebold voting machines prior to Georgia's 2020 presidential preference primary in March.[16][17]

    See also[edit]

    2020–21 United States Senate election in Georgia

    Stacey Abrams

    Voting Rights Act of 1965

    References[edit]

    ^ Kindelan, Katie (September 11, 2019). "Inside Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight 2020 operation for the next election". . Archived from the original on 2020-08-20. Retrieved 2019-12-03.^ "About Fair Fight". . Retrieved 2019-12-03.

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    Herndon, Astead W. (August 13, 2019). "Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Fighting Voter Suppression". . ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on September 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-03.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

    ^ "Georgia gubernatorial election results". . Retrieved 2020-05-12.^ Blinder, Alan; Fausset, Richard (November 16, 2018). "Stacey Abrams Ends Fight for Georgia Governor With Harsh Words for Her Rival". . ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2019-12-03.

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    About Stacey Abrams

    Meet Our Founder Stacey Abrams is a political leader, voting rights activist and New York Times bestselling author. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning at the time more votes than any other Democrat in […]

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    Meet Our Founder About Stacey Abrams

    Stacey Abrams is a political leader, voting rights activist and bestselling author. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning at the time more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union. After witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched to ensure every American has a voice in our election system through programs such as Fair Fight 2020, an initiative to fund and train voter protection teams in 20 battleground states. Over the course of her career, Abrams has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. In 2019, she launched to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the , a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South.

    Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Diversity. As a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly on U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions, she also served as a discussion leader, editor, and essay contributor. As the top-ranking Democrat in Georgia, she traveled to and met with leaders in South Korea, Israel and Taiwan, and she worked closely with several members of the consular corps. Abrams is a member of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s World War Zero bipartisan coalition on climate change. She has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ministers Forum, the Kerry Initiative-Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, the National Security Action Forum and The German Marshall Fund, as well as a contributor to Foreign Affairs Magazine.

    She currently serves on the boards of several organizations including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association.

    Abrams is the author of , , in addition to eight eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.

    Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and Yale Law School. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and were raised in Georgia.

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    Stacey Abrams Spearheads 'Fair Fight' Voting Rights Effort : NPR

    Since losing the Georgia governor's race in 2018, the Democrat has launched the voting rights campaign that's active in 18 battleground states ahead of this year's election.

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    Stacey Abrams Spearheads 'Fair Fight,' A Campaign Against Voter Suppression

    February 21, 20205:00 AM ET

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    Stacey Abrams at Fair Fight's headquarters outside Atlanta. She's waging a voting rights campaign aimed at helping Democrats win in 18 battleground states.

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    A few dozen volunteers are spending a Saturday morning in a hotel conference room in Macon, Ga., for a boot camp of sorts on fighting voter suppression.

    "We are walking into a year that's going to be exciting, a little bit stressful," explains Hillary Holley, organizing director for Fair Fight Action. The group is waging a campaign against voter suppression in the 2020 election.

    "We're gonna be working a lot, but we're ready for it," she says.

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    American Distrust Of The Voting Process Is Widespread, NPR Poll Finds

    Fair Fight is spearheaded by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who gained national attention in 2018 after losing a close race for governor in an election clouded by allegations of voter suppression.

    "This is not a speech of concession," she said at the time, after losing by fewer than 55,000 votes to Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. "Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper."

    Abrams, a former minority leader in the Georgia House, broke new ground with her gubernatorial campaign, driving up the share of Democratic voters in a state where Republicans have dominated.

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    There was record turnout for a midterm election but also hours-long waits at some polls, election server security breaches and allegations that strict adherence on signature matches dampened participation.

    Abrams says the defeat galvanized her to launch Fair Fight.

    "In the wake of the election, my mission was to figure out what work could I do, even if I didn't have the title of governor," Abrams says. "What work could I do to enhance or protect our democracy? Because voting rights is the pinnacle of power in our country."

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    After Massive Voter Roll Purge, Georgia Restores Thousands Of Voters

    Participants at the Fair Fight voter suppression workshop call themselves Democracy Warriors.

    "Every single vote counts," says Elaine Morgan Johnson, a poll worker from Macon.

    She's motivated to be here in part because her sister was removed from Georgia's voter rolls under a mass purge of people who had not voted since 2012 or responded to mailed notices from election officials.

    Johnson thinks it's part of a broader strategy to curtail voting rights.

    "Reducing their opposition; don't want to lose power," Johnson says. "It's depressing. And that's why I'm just trying to be active in any way that I can. My parents worked for civil rights. And we're not for going backwards."

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    Fair Fight is training grassroots advocates such as Johnson, lobbying for new election laws and arguing in federal court that Georgia's election system is unconstitutional. Abrams says long lines, precinct closures and purging voter rolls are all barriers that disproportionately impact minority voters.

    "Most of us understand voter suppression as the 1960s images of billy clubs and hoses and dogs barking — aggressive interference," Abrams says. "But in the 21st century, voter suppression looks like administrative errors. It looks like user error. It looks like mistakes. But it is just as intentional and just as insidious."

    Georgia's current secretary of state, Republican Brad Raffensperger, acknowledges that there were some problems because of the high voter turnout in 2018. And he's urging election administrators to be ready for even higher turnout this year with the presidential election and what's expected to be a hotly contested Senate race in Georgia.

    Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters during an election night watch party on Nov. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. She lost the election by fewer than 55,000 votes.

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    "No one wants to stand in line for, you know, 30 minutes, an hour. Things like that," says Raffensperger. "So we want our election officials to be prepared for big turnout."

    He rejects the notion that cleaning up voter rolls is an attempt to gain partisan advantage.

    "No, what we're trying to do is make sure that the elections are clean, fair and accurate," Raffensperger says. "This is something that has been going on in Georgia long before Republicans were in charge in Georgia."

    And courts have upheld the state's authority to purge the voter lists after Fair Fight sued, but other election-related lawsuits are pending.

    "Georgia is ground zero for election law," says attorney Jake Evans, chairman of the Georgia chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

    Evans says the focus is here because Georgia is becoming competitive.

    "The reality is, you know, Georgia is changing, and there's a lot of transplants coming in from the West Coast and in the Northeast. And there's also a changing demographic," Evans says. "So I think it is time for Republicans to grow the tent. But I definitely think it's woke up a lot of Republicans in Georgia."

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