Republican Brian Kemp has declared victory in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, while Stacey Abrams readies legal action to take the fight to the courts, writes Politically Georgia.
Kemp resigned as secretary of state as he begins to work with Gov. Nathan Deal to start the transition process to become governor.
Abrams, who hasn’t conceded in the race, wants every paper ballot counted with the hopes that the race would be forced to a Dec. 4. runoff.
Georgia’s chapter of the NAACP filed two lawsuits saying that students at Spelman and Morehouse colleges were forced to vote with a provisional ballot or told not to vote because their names didn’t appear on voter registration lists, per Politically Georgia.
“Make no mistake: This race is not over. As we have done since day one, my team will continue to work around the clock to make sure that every ballot is counted—because voting is the bedrock and lifeblood of our democracy,” Abrams tweeted on Wednesday.
Make no mistake: This race is not over.
As we have done since day one, my team will continue to work around the clock to make sure that every ballot is counted—because voting is the bedrock and lifeblood of our democracy.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7, 2018
Millions of people cast their votes on Tuesday to decide Georgia’s governor, with some having waited in lines for hours following reports of broken voting machines.
Hundreds of machines were unused and locked up in warehouses, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia officials reportedly did not use the machines because of a federal lawsuit alleging that they could be hacked.
“We thought we had enough until turnout started expanding, and with the ballot being long and complicated, the time at the touchscreen was longer,” Cobb Elections Director Janine Eveler told AJC. “We had voters who called and expressed their frustration.”
A runoff would occur if neither candidate garnered a majority of votes. Kemp is ahead of Abrams by 63,000 votes, per estimates.
“The voters of Georgia deserve to have their questions answered and their votes counted before the sitting secretary of state crowns himself governor,” Abrams’ campaign told AJC.