Fact Check: Booker Is Wrong, ‘Voter Suppression’ Did Not Cause Stacey Abrams to Lose Georgia Election

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters at an election watch party on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams and her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, are in a tight race that is too close to call. A runoff for Georgia's governor is likely. (Photo …
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During the fifth 2020 Democrat presidential primary debate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) claimed that failed Democrat candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams would have won her election if not for “voter suppression.”

Last year, Abrams lost her bid for Georgia governor to Gov. Brian Kemp (R). During Wednesday night’s debate, Booker — along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — said Abrams’ loss was due to a suppression of votes:

Right here in this great state of Georgia, it was the voter suppression, particularly of African-American communities, that prevented us from having a Governor Stacy Abrams right now. [Emphasis added]

Despite Booker’s claim, two recent studies debunked this assertion.

The United States Election Assistance Commission, for instance, most notably noted that Georgia voters are not, in fact, experiencing unprecedented voter suppression in state elections.

The report revealed that Georgia has the highest automated voter registration and has higher absentee ballot acceptance rates today compared to previous elections. Between 2016 and 2018, more than 3.5 million voters in Georgia registered to vote or updated their voter information — the most voters in any state in the nation.

In a Brennan Center for Justice study, Georgia was revealed to have a more than 93 percent increase in voter registrations. This is more recent voter registration than any other state.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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