Notable & Quotable: Stacey Abrams Knows What She Knows

May 25, 2022 6:02 p.m. ET

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at a news conference in Atlanta as voters head to the polls during the May 24 Georgia primary.


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Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor, spoke to the press in Atlanta on May 24:

Reporter: What do the early election numbers tell you? Is it possible that the Democrats got it wrong and the new law doesn’t suppress votes?

Abrams: The question of voter suppression and turnout is causation without correlation – I’m sorry, you can make mistakes even if you know what you’re talking about – it’s correlation without causation. We know that increased voter turnout has nothing to do with oppression. Suppression is about whether you make it difficult for voters to access the ballot. And we know that in Georgia difficulties have been created for too many Georgians. . . We know that voters in this state still face difficulties, and this is just the most important thing. Primary voters tend to be more active and engaged voters, but despite the difficulties, despite the legitimate and real outrage, we know voters want their right to vote exercised and held sacrosanct, and that’s why they’re showing up. We know that voter turnout is not proof that oppression does not exist, it is the antidote to oppression.

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Appeared in the May 26, 2022 print edition as Notable & Quotable: Turnout. Notable & Quotable: Stacey Abrams Knows What She Knows

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