StaceyAbrams, a Democrat, was challenged by Republican Senator John Kennedy to list specific provisions that she did not agree with, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
The video was shared on Twitter by Senate Democrats where it has been viewed 2.5 million times, shared more than 20,000 times, and has amassed more than 55,000 likes.
In the clip, Kennedy asked Abrams: “You’re against the Georgia Bill, I gather. Is that right?” and Abrams responded: “I’m against certain provisions of it, yes.”
He then asked her: “I think you called it a racist bill, am I right?” to which she responded: “I think there are provisions of it that are racist, yes.”
Kennedy then challenged Abrams to list the specific provisions she objects to. Abrams had a long list.
She told Kennedy that it:
- “…shortens the federal run-off period from nine weeks to four weeks”
- “…restricts the time a voter can request and return an absentee ballot application.”
- requires a voter to “have photo identification or another form of identification they’re willing to surrender in order to participate in absentee ballot process”
- that would make Georgia “only the fourth state in the nation to require voters to put at risk their identity.”
But Kennedy interrupted Abrams and asked: “What else?”
- saying the bill “eliminates over 300 hours of drobox availability”
- and that it “bans nearly all out of precinct votes.”
Kennedy interrupted Abrams again and said: “Okay. What else? Is that everything?”
“No, it is not,” Abrams told him, “No, sir.”
She went on to say that the bill would allow precincts to limit their hours “which may have an effect on voters who cannot vote during business hours.”
The Georgia politician then began to list another provision before Kennedy told her: “Okay, I get the idea.” Abrams has been praised for how she answered Kennedy’s question and for how she continued to speak despite being interrupted by the senator.