Stacey Abrams just suffered a big defeat in court.
Her voting rights group, Fair Fight Action, was ordered to pay $231,304 in fees to reimburse taxpayers after losing her lawsuit claiming that the 2018 election was stolen from her.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Stacey Abrams’s Fair Fight Action to pay over $200,000 to reimburse the state of Georgia for legal fees related to a spurious lawsuit that claimed Gov. Brian Kemp (R.) stole the 2018 gubernatorial election.
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Abrams founded the group after losing to then-secretary of state Kemp, who she claimed used his position to disenfranchise minority voters in the lead-up to the election. A federal judge in late September ruled against Fair Fight Action on all counts following a four-year legal battle, saying the group provided no direct evidence that Georgia voters struggled to vote in the election.
Fair Fight Action must repay $192,628.85 in transcription fees and $38,674.86 in copying costs that Georgia incurred in defending itself against the group’s lawsuit, according to a bill of costs submitted Tuesday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Fair Fight got testimony from over 3,ooo voters but very few were not able to vote.
The Fair Fight Action lawsuit was filed weeks after the 2018 election, when Abrams lost to now-Governor Brian Kemp but refused to concede. Abrams maintained that she was cheated, and she alleged that the race was “stolen from Georgians.”
Through the lawsuit, Abrams had sought to make far-reaching changes to the state’s elections by invoking the Voting Rights Act’s protections against racial discrimination. However, many of Fair Fight’s allegations about voter-registration cancellations, long voting lines, and voting machines were thrown out.
By the time the case went to trial last year, the suit focused on several specific election processes, including the state’s handling of absentee ballots, its allegedly inadequate poll-worker training, its oversight of voter rolls, and its “exact match” policy for voter-registration applications. That policy required that information in registration applications line up with other information with the state, and required voters to verify their ID before casting a ballot. Abrams argued that the “exact match” policy was discriminatory because most of the affected voters were black.
The 21-day trial included testimony from more than 50 witnesses. Fair Fight also collected testimony from more than 3,000 voters, but very few were unable to cast a ballot. None of the voters said they were unable to cast a ballot in 2020.
Will the media call her an election denier?