Election Day may be over. But these two races are NOT:
In Georgia, after reports of massive voter suppression by her opponent, Stacey Abrams is promising to fight until every last vote is counted — and every last means of counting those votes is exhausted.
As of yesterday, Stacey Abrams is just 23,275 votes shy of an automatic recount and 25,622 votes short of a margin that would trigger a December 4th runoff. Unknown thousands of ballots still remain to be counted — thousands of voices in Georgia who have not yet been heard. Stacey is not conceding, and her campaign believes they still have a path to a runoff and victory.
In Florida, as more and more votes for Andrew Gillum come in, the margin in the race for governor has dwindled to 0.47% — three-hundredths of a point below the threshold that would trigger an automatic recount.
Counties in Florida have until noon on Saturday to submit their unofficial vote totals. Yesterday, Gillum’s campaign released a statement also calling on every single vote to be counted.
Let’s be clear: neither of these races were contested on anything close to a fair playing field.
Stacey Abrams’ opponent oversaw his own election as Secretary of State, and abused his official position to purge the voter rolls and engage in multiple blatant acts of voter suppression leading up to and through Election Day itself. In Florida, 1.4 million adults — about 10% of the adult population of the state — were denied the right to vote Tuesday because of a previous felony conviction, including 21% of the state’s entire Black population. (This will now change after the passage of Florida’s Amendment 4 this week.)
Both of their Republican opponents also engaged in vile, underhanded racist dirty tricks in a desperate attempt to try to silence the voices of voters.
The Working Families Party has been proud to stand side-by-side with Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum throughout this campaign — deploying organizers, mobilizing volunteers, and reaching hundreds of thousands of voters to help them overcome these intentional structural obstacles to a fair election. Together, we’ve come so close.
There’s no way we’re about to quit now — not before each and every vote is fully counted.
Here are some ways you can help Stacey Abrams in Georgia right now:
1. Sign up to call or text voters in Georgia so we can reach as many voters as possible who cast provisional ballots. We only have until THE END OF THE DAY TODAY, Friday, November 9th, to make sure votes cast on provisional ballots are validated in the state of Georgia.
2. Chip in here to support Stacey Abrams’ campaign. Recounts and runoffs cost money. Your donation will go immediately and directly to efforts already underway on the ground to count every vote in Georgia.
3. Join a canvass near you in Georgia TODAY to help make sure as many provisional votes as possible are counted. Canvasses will be starting at 9AM and ending at 5PM. Here are locations:
Atlanta (Fulton County): 501 Pulliam St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
Macon (Bibb County): 834 Walnut St, Macon 31201
Norcross (Gwinnett County): 3000 Business Park Dr, Norcross 30071
Tucker (Dekalb County): 2321 4th St, Tucker 30084
Albany (Doughtery County): 326 W Whitney Ave, Albany, GA 31701
Augusta (Richmond County): 2053 Walton Way, Augusta 30904
WFP organizers have been helping turn out voters for months. We are committed to standing with both of these courageous campaigns until every last one of those votes is counted.