Barack Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, the sister of Georgia’s Democratic politician and self-proclaimed voter rights activist, Stacey Abrams, refused to recuse herself from an important election case. The case was seeking to purge about 4,000 voters from state rolls less than two weeks before the two Senate runoffs and Gardner ruled against it.
Muscogee and Ben Hill counties voted to purge thousands of names from their rosters after two separate complaints were made alleging that the individuals had moved out of their respective counties based on data made available by the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address database. Judge Gardner ruled that the counties did not provide proof that the voters gave up their residences.
Her order stated "Defendants are enjoined from removing any challenged voters in Ben Hill and Muscogee Counties from the registration lists on the basis of National Change of Address data.”
According to Politico a majority of the registrations that officials were looking to purge, nearly 4,000 of them, were from Muscogee County, a county where Biden won by a healthy margin. 150 registrations originated in Ben Hill County where President Trump won by a sizeable margin.
The defendant counties filed a motion Monday requesting that Judge Gardner recuse herself from the case. The attorneys for the defendants noted they represented a group dedicated to preventing voter fraud that was being sued by Stacey Abrams’s “Fair Fight” organization. Their motion stated “Abrams’ interest could therefore be substantially affected by the outcome of this proceeding. For this reason, Judge Gardner’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned were this case to proceed before her. The Muscogee County Defendants respectfully request that Judge Gardner recuse herself from further involvement in the present case.” Judge Gardner reviewed the motion, but did not comply with it.
For those who aren’t aware, Stacey Abrams’s “Fair Fight” organization is one of several groups being investigated by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for seeking to “aggressively” register “ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters” before the January 5th runoffs.
This month, Raffensperger mailed out 8,000 reminders to those who requested absentee ballots from out of state reminding them that voting in the state’s election when they’re not a resident is a serious crime under state’s law. Joe Biden reportedly won the state by nearly 12,000 votes. Illegal double-voting between drop-off boxes and in-person ballot casting occurred within the state during the 2020 elections. 1,700 Georgians were singled out for illegally casting two ballots without any punishment and none of their fraudulent votes cancelled.
With that said, the future direction of the U.S. Senate and the abilities of the Biden-Harris administration seemingly hang on the outcome of only thousands of votes. The purge of nearly 4,000 votes could sway the runoffs and both sides of the aisle know that, including Judge Gardner. Do not think for a second that the voter fraud that occurred during the presidential election, and went unpunished, will not occur in yet another extremely important election cycle. The left is hard at work thanks in part to Stacey Abrams & Co.