WATCH: Stacey Abrams suggests that Republicans may try to cancel elections by 2022

"My focus is on making sure we have elections in 2022," Abrams said.


Former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams suggested in an interview on Sunday that the Republican Party in Georgia may attempt to cancel elections altogether by 2022.

During an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet The Press, Abrams was first asked about her response to the "radical changes" being proposed to election laws in Georgia and in other states. The proposed laws would limit mail-in voting, restrict the number of drop boxes for mail-in ballots, and reduce the hours available for early voting.

While Republicans argue that the proposals are common sense election integrity laws, Democrats such as Abrams believe that it is a clear tactic of voter suppression. Democrats have argued that the measures are a response to the state's Senate seats and electoral votes going to the Democrats during the 2020 election cycle in a state which has been largely dominated by Republicans since the 1980s.

"This is not about protecting the right to vote," Abrams said. "These bills are nothing more than a pretext for returning to Jim Crow and stopping voters they don't want to hear from."

Jim Crow was a system of legal repression targeting African-Americans in the Democrat-dominated southern United States implemented after the civil war. The practice of legally enforced racial segregation was abandoned as a result of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Abrams was later asked whether she is considering running for Governor of Georgia again in 2022, to which Abrams implied that Republicans could cancel elections all together by then. She also suggested that Republicans seeking to pass election integrity laws are domestic "enemies."

"My focus is on making sure we have elections in 2022," Abrams said. "And that means we have to defend our democracy against all enemies foreign and, certainly, the domestic enemies we see permeating and unfortunately populating our state legislatures."

Abrams ran for Governor of Georgia in 2018 against Brian Kemp, losing the race by less than 55,000 votes. After the election, she spread conspiracy theories regarding voter suppression targeting black voters perpetrated by Governor Kemp, who at the time served as Georgia's Secretary of State.

Despite an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finding no evidence of electoral irregularities swinging the election results, Abrams has still refused to concede.

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