Just a day after Brian Kemp called Stacey Abrams’ attempt to count “all the votes” a “disgrace to democracy,” the Abrams campaign filed a federal lawsuit on Sunday to delay vote certifications.
A successful lawsuit would mean that officials would have until Wednesday to tally vote totals, and could restore over 1,000 absentee ballots that were formerly rejected. Abrams believes that these could help to close the gap between her and her opponent.
According to CNN, Abrams’ campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, spoke to reporters via a conference call on Sunday and said, “The race is not over.” Adding “It’s still too close to call. And we cannot have confidence in the secretary of state’s numbers.” As of Monday, CNN nor the AP have projected a winner in the race.
Over the weekend, Groh-Wargo said that 5,000 votes were counted. Most were absentee or vote-by-mail ballots that favored Abrams. The results were confirmation for the campaign that every vote matters and every vote should be counted.
Unofficial returns have Kemp with a 50.3% lead and roughly 60,000 votes ahead of Abrams. As it currently stands, the Republican candidate has enough for a victory. Even so, a win for Abrams is not completely out of the question. The former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives still has her head in the race to take Georgia’s top seat.
On Monday evening, Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden told county election officials to count absentee ballots, regardless if they had a voter’s date of birth or not, as long as the voter’s identity can be verified.