Election Law Expert: ‘No Good Evidence’ Voter Laws Changed Outcomes in Georgia, Florida

Washington Free Beacon | 5/10/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

An election law expert said Democrats should stop claiming the Georgia and Florida governor's races in 2018 were "stolen" by Republicans, saying there is no evidence to support such a notion.

Richard - Hasen - Law - Professor - University

Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine, told PolitiFact that Democrats Stacey Abrams (Ga.) and Andrew Gillum (Fla.) and their allies didn't have proof to substantiate their frequent complaints.

"I have seen no good evidence that the suppressive effects of strict voting and registration laws affected the outcome of the governor's races in Georgia and Florida," he said. "It would be one thing to claim, as some have, that these laws are aimed to suppress the vote and likely suppressed some votes. It is quite another to claim that there is good proof they affected the outcome."

PolitiFact - Cases - Candidate - Sen - Kamala

PolitiFact looked into the cases after 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) told the NAACP: "Let's say this loud and clear. Without voter suppression, Stacey Abrams would be the governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum is the governor of Florida."

The fact-checking site elected not to rate Harris's claim on its Truth-O-Meter, stating, "It isn't possible to prove if any election law or policy in either state cost the Democrats their elections." However, it reviewed the evidence and found Harris's claim to be dubious.

Georgia - Abrams - Race - Republican - Brian

In Georgia, Abrams has repeatedly insisted "I won" the race against Republican Brian Kemp, accusing him of systematic voter suppression during his tenure as secretary of state by purging voter rolls and closing rural precincts—the latter was outside his office's purview. Kemp defeated Abrams by nearly 55,000 votes and won a majority of the vote to avoid a runoff.

The voter suppression argument centers around Kemp's office removing 1.4 million voters from the rolls between 2012 and 2018. The removals were in accordance with state laws about...
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