Within hours of state officials moving to certify the results of the election for Georgia's next governor on Friday, November 16, the word out of Democratic hopeful Stacey Abrams' camp was that her campaign is preparing for a fight they'd likely take all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Democrats hope to overhaul the November 6 vote for a new election entirely.
In a conversation with the Associated Press, Abrams' campaign chairwoman -- Allegra Lawrence-Hardy -- reportedly confirmed that a team of three-dozen lawyers have been organized to draw up a petition in the interests of stalling the current process of naming her competitor, Brian Kemp, the electoral victor. They also seek to gather affidavits from voters who claim to have been disenfranchised, and from citizens who insist that they were turned away from the polls.
While the chairwoman stopped short of declaring that plans for any specific sort of action have been finalized, she is quoted as having told the AP that the team is "considering all options," should Republican challenger Brian Kemp be certified victor of the race.
The most drastic action would involve Abrams' team banking on an unprecedented statute that would allow her campaign to challenge the legitimacy of the results due to suspected "misconduct, fraud or irregularities... sufficient to change or place in doubt the results." No major candidate has ever gone such lengths to contest a Georgia election, but the bitter accusations of voter suppression that preceded the midterm vote appeared to only manifest on Election Day. In the 10 days that have passed since, allegations of failed and insufficient election equipment -- going along with accounts of voters being turned away -- are yet to have abated.