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Stacey Abrams: voter laws can’t be changed ‘in the current climate’

Voter laws can’t be changed in Georgia “in the current climate,” according to House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) so she’s prepared to play defense this legislative session.

Leader Abrams discussed voter laws with WABE reporter Denis O’Hayer and told him, “I do not see in the current climate that, that would be a change that could be made.”

She went on to say changing Georgia’s voter laws is not a priority because of the lack of potential for change.

“Of the list of things that I think we have to push, we’ve got a 40-day session that’s gonna fly by very quickly, the priorities are going to be the things that we can get done,” she said.

The following is a transcript of her entire response to a question about voter laws:

WABE Reporter Denis O’Hayer: One issue you haven’t mentioned, and it’s one that certainly is a big one for Democrats on the national level, voter laws; Would there be a chance realistically, for Democrats to push through any changes to Georgia’s voter laws right now that provisions of which, some Democrats feel, discriminate against poor, minority and elderly voters?

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta): I’ve always had a very strong opposition to voter ID laws, however I think our responsibility is to do our best to make certain that we get access for as many of those voters as possible, because again, this is less a partisan issue than it is, “How do people actually get what they need?”

There are poor Republicans and poor Democrats, and there are rural communities that have a hard time accessing ID, and there have been stories from both sides of the aisle.

I do not see in the current climate that, that would be a change that could be made, and of the list of things that I think we have to push, we’ve got a 40-day session that’s gonna fly by very quickly, the priorities are going to be the things that we can get done.

We will play defense against anyone who tries to roll back any of the voter access opportunities we have today, but by and large I hope we can be focused on doing our best to improve lives and spending less time trying to play defense on those who would try to restrict access.

 

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