The election is not over. One of the candidates, in spite of the final vote totals, is refusing to declare the campaign is over.
Instead of a candidate’s dreaded words, “I lost” or “we lost,” the American people are hearing, “I refuse to concede because concession needs to say something is right and true and proper. You can’t trick me into saying it was right.”
The American voters are also hearing, “We had this little election … and despite the final tally … and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have a very affirmative statement to make: We won.”
There are continuing statement being made: “The Election was stolen from the voters.” “We lost. Why? Voter suppression.” “We won the race. We just didn’t get the job.”
“We did win. However, the election was neither free or fair.” “I can’t prove what had happened, however, I knew from the calls that we got that something happened.”
“They have a political vendetta.” “Conceding would mean being complicit in a rigged system.”
“They can complain that I should not use this moment to recap what was done wrong or to demand a remedy. Stoicism is a luxury. I will not concede.”
It doesn’t sound like a concession speech will be happening any time soon from this defeated candidate for political office. It may also interest you to know it isn’t Donald Trump.
It’s the defeated Democratic Party candidate for Governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, defeated in 2018.
Abrams, a former Georgia state representative, was defeated by 52,000 votes. Instead of conceding the race she has been challenging the results.
And she’s been winning the applause of Democrats across the country who have at the same time declared Trump to be a madman for doing the exact same thing — contesting official election returns.
Abrams is a liberal fan favorite in that she:
• as selected to give the official response to Trump’s State of the Union address.
• as been flooded with loads of campaign cash.
• as been given glowing kid-glove treatment by the national news media and celebrities.
• as become the subject of a documentary.
• as named as a possible candidate for vice president for Joe Biden before the Democratic Convention and has been highly praised by the president-elect.
• as selected by the Democratic Governors Association to be the moderator of a televised roundtable meeting of four Democratic governors to give her the image of being the fifth governor.
Not only has “Not-Gov.” Abrams made the comments at the beginning of my column, but also she’s made 12 major speeches and interviews following her defeat by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Her additional comments include “erosion of our democracy.” “I don’t concede that I lost.” “I did win my election. I just didn’t get to have the job.”
As secretary of state, Kemp was “the referee and player in the same game.” “My defeat was fully attributable to voter suppression.”
Voter suppression is that claim made after Election Day, and usually ends with the words, “Oh, by the way, I still got to vote.”
Abrams is not only involved in politics, but also she is also the author of eight romance novels. Based on her comments, she should switch to science fiction.
What is the reality of voter laws in Georgia? What is the reality of the election vote totals?
There were new records for both minority registration and voting. Abrams registered close to 1 million new voters. The problem? Only 100,000 arrived to vote.
Abrams accused Kemp, as secretary of state, of removing 1.5 million voters from the rolls. The real story was they looked at 600,000 voters. They were not immediately removed as voters.
Abrams doesn’t mention Kemp did that because of a state law that required him to remove anyone who had not voted in the past seven years.
It was a law passed and signed by a Democratic governor and legislature, a law passed in 1997. Why was the total 600,000? It was because of a lawsuit filed by the Georgia NAACP to stop the voter removals.
The lawsuit, endorsed by Abrams, meant that the removals could not continue because it was an active case and lasted for four years.
The voters who were removed were done so because of death, behind bars, moved, didn’t vote for the past three elections, never sent their information back to the state or county election boards, or were never found.
The last one alone resulted in 11,024 voters being removed.
The number of voters in question went down to 330,000. Then down to 53,000. Georgia, like other states, has a law requiring information collected on voter registration documents to match information on file with the local DMV and the records of the U.S. Social Security offices. Even then, they were listed by Georgia as “pending.” That meant they just needed more information, which could be given either online or a visit to the local election board. Kemp declared of the 53,000 that were pending 75 percent had the wrong Social Security numbers on them.
Further, 23 percent were voters who had given incomplete or wrong information on the registration documents that had been signed by Abram’s own political action committee, the New Georgia Project (Yes, her own committee).
In other words, if Not-Gov. Stacey Abrams wants to blame someone for her political problems, she need to just take a look in the mirror.
The state gives voters who show up in the wrong precinct a partial credit.
In election voting in the wrong voting precinct, only the votes for candidates you were entitled to vote for will be counted, then your ballot will be partially for the correct precinct.
If they moved from one congressional district to a new another and didn’t update your voter registration, they would count the ballot for statewide races, not the race for Congress.
Another complaint was that in some counties, there was a shortage of voting machines. Not mentioned was that it was the Democrats who had filed a lawsuit about the voting machines, and a federal judge had them impounded.
It should be noted in those counties, the Democrats ran the election boards. not Kemp.
The last complaint (among many) is that some of the voting precincts had been closed down, 212 over the past eight years.
In Randolph County, there were several precincts closed. The reason? The voting places were not in line with federal laws on disability and access, and the counties did not have the money to bring them up to code.
All decisions on closing the precincts were made by county officials, not by Kemp.
Abrams has her own timetable for her political goals. She expected to become governor. She expected to become Biden’s running mate. She expects to become president in 2040, saying so herself.
There is a saying in politics, “As soon as a person is elected county commissioner, they are picturing themselves on Air Force One.”
Not-Gov. Abrams is taking it to a new level, and she, her staff, her backers and the National Democratic Party are expecting us to watch, cheer and applaud — then await her future campaign plans.
The bad news is there will be future campaign plans.
THE THIRD SHOT WILL MISS
I watch the news documentaries each November and I say, “The third shot will miss!
It will miss and history will be changed for the better. There will be fewer, if any, violent riots. Racial integration will be peacefully achieved.
Instead of 1 million Americans in South East Asia and 58,000 killed in Vietnam, there will be only 5,000 military non-combat advisers.
The phrases “conspiracy theory,” “grassy knoll” and “lone gunman” will not become part of the English language. The 1964 presidential election will not be known as the one where America was sucker-punched.
It will not be known as “The Beginning Of America’s Eleven Year Nervous Breakdown.”
Malcolm X will not make his comment of “the chickens are coming home to roost” and thus become a hero to Tony Kendall. The third shot will miss. It never does.
MICHAEL SKAGGS lives at 185 McClains Road, Paris. His email address is email@example.com.