LAS VEGAS/ATLANTA (PM) — Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will expand the voting rights organization she founded ahead of the 2020 elections into different battleground states, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Abrams’s plans involve training staffers this year in 20 states to serve against voter suppression in 2020, according to the newspaper. She is expected to announce the expansion Tuesday in a speech to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Las Vegas.
The former state legislator and voting rights activist will follow the announcement up with a weekend event in Georgia’s Gwinnett County, at an elementary school where citizens were forced to wait in line for hours to vote in 2018 due to technical malfunctions, according to the newspaper.
Abrams’s initiative, Fair Fight 2020, will focus its efforts on battleground states, supporting Democratic candidates to build voter-protection programs ahead of the election.
In addition to assisting in battleground states, the $4 million initiative will also target Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi, three red states with gubernatorial elections in 2019, according to the newspaper.
Abrams has repeatedly presumed voter suppression enabled by her 2018 Republican opponent, then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, added to his triumph, requesting for the cancellation of thousands of registrations for voters who didn’t vote in current elections and reports of hours-long lines to vote on Election Day.
Abrams, who chose against challenging Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) in 2020, has declined to rule out either a run for president or running against Georgia Governor Brian Kemp again in 2022.