Former gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, suggests that "Voter suppression has been baked into American elections since its inception."

Watch Stacey Abrams make her statement about American elections and voter suppression:



Back in July of 2020, Stacey Abrams was interviewed by Vanity Fair and she made a similar comment about voter suppression being "baked" into American elections.

Here is a snippet from that interview:

Vanity Fair: We’re talking a few days before the Fourth of July. Is this democracy-experiment thing of ours rejuvenating or crumbling?

Stacey Abrams: Yes. [laughs] But I mean that in a very sincere way. You have these bright marks of progress in states like Washington and Oregon, that have taken affirmative steps to expand access to the [voting] franchise. At the exact same time, we’ve seen the crumbling edifice of democracy in states that are aggressively attempting to block access with impediments that don’t challenge voters’ eligibility, they challenge their fortitude. Look at Texas. Texas shut down a number of polling stations in its primary, and it narrowly and directly affected Black and Brown voters. And it is fighting at every stage to block access to vote by mail, even while knowing that Texas is surging in COVID-19 cases in the first wave, and that the second wave will be even more egregious. You have states like Georgia, where we watched the ineptitude and the deliberate indifference and malfeasance of the secretary of state, who permitted eight-hour lines and refused to take any responsibility.

Voter suppression was baked into the notion of America. It was embedded not in our Declaration, which was a glorious document, but the Constitution began the practice of voter suppression. We are reaffirming the experiment now, but we are also seeing some terrible examples of the original flaw in our design, which is that we have delegated to the states the ability to determine not eligibility, but access. Luckily, we have 34 states that already have some version of vote-by-mail with no excuses. We have 16 states that do it to a lesser degree.

Stacey Abrams lost to Brian Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial election in Georgia. At first she did not concede, but later she admitted defeat and claimed that Kemp used voter suppression to win, as reported by NPR:

"I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," Abrams said. "But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on suppression of the people's democratic right to vote has been truly appalling."

In a fiery speech, Abrams insisted this was no normal concession, decrying the "deliberate and intentional" voter suppression by Kemp that she believed had led to this conclusion.

Abrams is now a political strategist and Kemp is governor of Georgia.