Stacey Abrams said that the Republican National Committee might send off-duty police officers into polling places to “scare voters.”
Appearing Tuesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams spoke about her new multimillion-dollar voter protection initiative dubbed “Fair Fight 2020.” She said that since a judge ended a 1982 consent decree limiting RNC ballot security activities, the RNC could be planning to send off-duty police officers into polling stations during the 2020 election in an attempt to suppress minority voters.
“We know that we also face foreign influence that is being denied by the White House, by the would-be tinpot dictator of Donald Trump, but also that Moscow Mitch is stopping voter rights legislation and election security legislation,” the 45-year-old Abrams said. “But we also know they just lifted a consent decree that’s kept Republicans and the RNC from going into local communities and intimidating voters by having off-duty officers tell people that they’re monitoring their votes.
“For the first time since 1981, the RNC will be allowed to cheat and lie and go into polling places and scare voters, particularly voters of color. Fair Fight 2020 is designed to anticipate all those challenges, but not just worry about them, work against them. And that’s what we learned from 2018. We cannot wait for the cavalry to come. We have to be the army, and we have to stand up now,” she added.
Her new initiative, announced Tuesday in a speech in Las Vegas at the 32nd General Convention for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, targets 20 battleground states.
“We’re going to have a fair fight in 2020 because my mission is to make sure that no one has to go through in 2020 what we went through in 2018 because despite how hard they work, I am still here, and we are going to work to make sure every voice is heard,” Abrams said in the speech.
Also Tuesday, Abrams ruled out a 2020 presidential run and said she would focus her efforts on fighting voter suppression.