We might just be seeing Stacey Abrams on the ticket for the 2020 Presidential election. The former Democratic Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, and 2018 Democratic Party contender for Governor of Georgia, is being courted by several of the Democratic Presidential candidates as a running mate. This savvy Yale graduate was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party and has launched “Fair Fight,” a voting rights organization taking the initiative on funding the training of voter protection teams in twenty battleground states. If she’s not on the ticket this year, she’s young enough to make a go at it later. In fact, she told “The Hill,” in January that she “plans to be President by 2040.” I hope her dream comes true because she’s the kind of lady that brings brilliance, unity and humility to everything she does.
Getting Out The Vote
It’s ironic that Abrams, who has devoted herself to supporting voting rights, lost the race for Georgia governor in a very close election. This has fueled her desire to work in this area, and she is determined to improve access to voting in Georgia and throughout the country. She points out that states such as Oregon, Washington and Colorado, where voting by mail has become standard, are dramatic jumps in the rate of voter participation. She hopes to encourage more states to switch to mail in paper ballots. She believes that high turnout is one of the most important aspects of achieving a win for Democrats in 2020.
She believes it’s important to remind the electorate that they shouldn’t only pay attention to the top of the ticket. If we would like to achieve criminal justice reform, careful attention must be paid to candidates for district attorney. Similarly, candidates for school boards must be closely scrutinized to ensure that they support equality and take a tough stance against bullying. Abrams believes we can improve our democracy by actively engaging as many people as possible on the local, state and federal level to hold elected officials accountable. She’s recently said she’d like to be on the Democratic ticket as VP, and hopes to be President herself by 2040.
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