As a lawyer, entrepreneur, romance novelist, and Georgia politician, Stacey Abrams has led years of get-out-the-vote efforts and legal attacks against voter suppression from community groups and activists in the state of Georgia.
As a whole, the state of Georgia has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992. During the 2020 election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden led in the state with just over 10,000 votes. This year, many credit the Democratic shift to Stacey Abrams and her commitment and expertise in registering voters. These efforts were seen as groundbreaking changes compared to the voter turnout in the past. However, in recent years as newcomers moved in from out of state, Abram made it her mission to get these people registered to vote; the majority being liberal whites and people of color.
Abram’s push to get more registered Democrats in the state started years prior to the 2020 election. As a co-founder of the New Georgia Project in 2014, the organization’s goal was to identify the “New American Majority” also known as people of color, ages 18 to 29, and unmarried women. Since its start in 2014, it has registered over 500,000 Georgians to vote and has been a vital key to unlocking Georgia’s future once again.
In 2018, she co-founded Fair Fight, an anti-voter suppression group, where she not only sued her opponent voter suppression but additionally brought voter protection efforts to over a dozen U.S. states.
Stacey Abrams is a prime example of the power of Black women and the role they play as the backbone of our democracy. She is the first black woman in U.S. history to have won the gubernatorial nomination of either major party, and she has collected more votes than any Democratic candidate who has run statewide in Georgia. She is responsible for over 500,000 registered voters in her state, Abrams has built a coalition that has excited a new Georgia, one that empowers black and brown communities through the right to vote and the right to heard.