Leslie Abrams Gardner rejected calls to recuse herself.
Source: Richard Moorhead
A federal judge who is the sister of spurned Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is blocking two Georgia counties from purging ineligible voters from their rolls in the runup to the January Senate runoff election, raising questions as to her impartiality in the case. Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner ruled that two counties cannot remove thousands of voters who have filed a change of address with the US Postal Service on Monday night, with liberal Democrat groups arguing that the registrations should be preserved even after their former holders have officially changed their addresses to locations outside of Georgia.
The overwhelming majority of voter registrations that Abrams is blocking from being annulled are located in a a county that Joe Biden won overwhelmingly in November. 4,000 outdated voter registrations in Muscogee County will now be accepted as valid in the runoff election, should those registered with them vote. A much smaller pool of 150 registrations in pro-Trump Ben Hill County will be also remain in place. Both counties had previously agreed to purge their voter rolls of voters who submitted change of address documentation with the Postal Service.
The 4,000 registrations in Muscogee County set to be removed involved individuals who re-registered their addresses in different states, voiding their eligibility to vote in Georgia by establishing residency in other states.
The Muscogee County Board of Elections had specifically requested that Abrams Gardner recuse herself from the case, citing her sister’s well-publicized claims of election misconduct and voter suppression after her loss in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election.
Gardner rejected requests for her recusal and ruled to halt the ongoing election integrity measures in an eleven-page ruling on Monday, arguing the purges were being enacted too closely to Georgia’s upcoming federal election and that the out-of-state voters being removed weren’t given proper notice.
With outstanding counts of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election determined by just over 10,000 votes in favor of the Democrat, it’s entirely possible that Abrams’ preservation of more than 4,000 out-of-state voters on Georgia voter rolls could determine the outcome of the hotly contested Senate runoff election.
At this point, why not hand off voter registration verification to the Democratic Party itself?