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Democrats' post-election battles signal greater fight over voting rights ahead

In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum preached it to supporters up and down the state. Throughout the week, Stacey Abrams, his…

In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum preached it to supporters up and down the state. Throughout the week, Stacey Abrams, his counterpart in Georgia, pushed new ads with the same demand.

Both Gillum and Abrams lost their respective races for governor. Men deres budskap, som de fortæller og retssuits nedtår, forventes at udholde og med et demokratisk hus, som er flertallet af Washington, skal escalere fremover for den kommende præsidentcyklus.

Emboldened by their midterm successes and enraged by the handling of elections In Florida and Georgia, Democrats are now giving way to what many on the left view as an existential fight about voting rights across the country. The court decisions handed down over the past few days, as Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson fought to expand the scope of the recount and Abrams sued to bring more ballots into the mix, are likely to shape future. Democratic campaigns in Republican-held states with restrictive voting laws.

1; and cause for continued concern. Faced with a rapid-fire succession of legal challenges, judges have refused to strike down or roll back laws Democrats argue were designed to disenfranchise minorities and the poor. But the courts have also been willing to offer relief to narrowly affected voter groups, like the thousands snagged by Florida’s “signature match” law, who were allowed an extra few days to clear their ballots.

Let America Vote, the nonprofit started by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, has been frustrated by the outcomes, but pleased to see the sun shining on the process.

“What this has really highlighted is that there are probably a bunch of people in Florida who have been disenfranchised in past elections and did not even know it, “Abe Rakov, Let America Vote’s chairman, told CNN. “But now that this election is so close, and people are making sure that every eligible vote is being counted, it’s being highlighted.”

 Stacey Abrams says "democracy failed & # 39; Georgia as she ends praying for governor

After withdrawing his election night concession last weekend, Gillum in Florida hammered home the message in both interviews with national liberal outlets and supporters across the state.

On Tuesday night at St. Mark AME Church in Orlando, Gillum, whose term as Tallahassee mayor ends next week, casts the stakes of the ongoing recount efforts – and his push to find and count every valid vote – in imposing historical terms.

We have got to demand a more perfect union, we have to demand a process that is more fair, “Gillum said.” We have got to reject the belief that a signature difference is enough for somebody’s entire vote to be dismissed. Get rid of these arbitrary deadlines. “

Nelson’s recount effort has raised $ 2.5 million off a string of emails from top Democratic lawmakers. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, his challenger and leader in their tight race, brought in just $ 1.4 million over the same period. The spread has also confirmed for Democratic leaders that their vaunted small-dollar donor base remains fired up and ready to spend on candidates willing to fight – even when the odds are against them.

Gillum refused to re-concede his race on Thursday despite the completion – in all but one county – of a machine recount that confirmed Republican Ron DeSantis’s lead. In een verklaring, Gillum wijst op beide fouten bij sommige provincies leveren geadopteerde resultaten en argumenten gemaakt door Democraten in de rechtbank als zijn reden voor vervolg op.

“Kiesers moeten weten dat hun beslissing om deel te nemen in deze verkiezing, en elke verkiezing, matters, “he said.” It’s not over until every legally-cast vote is counted. “

Gillum ultimately offered his concession on Saturday evening.

But Gillum’s message to voters hints to sharper anxieties shared by Democrats around the country: that voters will be discouraged by the unfolding events in Florida and Georgia, and turnout numbers, up this year, will drop again. Abrams, in a fiery speech on Friday evening, first ended her campaign for governor, then announced the creation of a new voting rights PAC that in the coming days plans to launch what she described as a “major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for

Abrams also leveled another round of stinging accusations against her GOP rival, former Secretary of State Brian Kemp, saying that under his watch, “Democracy failed Georgia. “

” Georgia still has a decision to make about who will be in the next election. And the one after that. “Abrams said, looking ahead that next round of races. “

Democrats worry that anything less than a robust and well-funded fight in the aftermath of these contested 2018 elections will encourage President Donald Trump and loyal elected officials like Kemp, who over almost a decade as Georgia’s chief election officials helped put in place the rules for a gubernatorial contest he would both run in and oversee.

Kemp stepped down from his position after the vote and most of the vote-counting, was over. Men på den søndag før valgdagen, hans kontor løftede basløse ladder eller vælgerdatabase hacking på Georgia Democrats, mens hans kampagne stablet på – skabte en forvirrende svirvelse af beskyldninger som, givet Kemps dag job, kunne have syntes at bære mere vægt end dem

Trump is een goede weddenschap, als zijn eerste campagne was een indicatie, om dezelfde tactieken te gebruiken in de run-up naar – en eventueel, de aftermath of – the 2020 election. Det er hans konspiratoriske kommentarer om Florida-valgene, som blev så enkelt vedtatt af den tidligere Trump-shy Scott – som blev admonished af en føderal dommer for “(toeing) den linje mellem den uhyrlige kampanjesporrhetoriske og problematiske statsaktion” – er set by voting rights advocates as a sign of things to come.

“This is President Trump laying the groundwork for 2020, to ensure his supporters will call into question the results of the election if he does not win,” Rakov said . “He uses this situation to further himself. He does not care about having one more senator in Washington, he just wants people to start getting the idea that election results are not real.”

On Wednesday, both Trump and Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of his most eager backers on Capitol Hill, took turns trying to stoke fears about Democratic efforts in Florida.

The President sent a fundraising email with a subject line, “NON-CITIZENS VOTING?”

“If the Democrats are able to learn now what techniques work and do not work, what transparency laws are going to be followed and what they are not, then it gives them a roadmap on how to steal the election from Donald Trump in 2020, ” he said.

In an interview after Gaetz’s comments began to spread, Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, pointing to new legislation being crafted by House Democrats, offered a more oral explanation.

“What we are trying to do is create a roadmap for how to protect people’s vote and their voice everywhere in this country,” Sarbanes “If we can learn something from challenging these deficiencies in our voting process (in Florida) and our voting system in this country, you are putting together a handbook not to steal elections but to have elections be an accurate reflection of the will and the voice of the people. “

Sarbanes and other Democrats will introduce a host of” democracy reforms “to kick off the new Congress. One key piece is the automatic voter registration, which would add eligible voters to the rolls unless they chose to opt out.

With Republicans adding to their majority in the Senate, the Democratic-backed measure is a near-lock to disappear once it reaches the upper chamber. Sarbanes understands the math but is hoping the optics will prompt a backlash against Senate GOP and, eventually, the President.

“If you come with a strong, big bang declaration right out of the gate, the fact that Mitch McConnell and The Republican Senate ignore it just makes the contrast even clearer, “Sarbanes said.

The argument to voters, he added, was this:” You gave us the gavel in the House and we showed you that we are committed to those things. Give us the gavel in the Senate and we’ll do it there. Give us a pen in the White House and we’ll do it there. “

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