At the Ware Lecture on Saturday night, guest speakers Stacey Abrams and Desmond Meade addressed the critical importance of protecting the right to vote and of fighting voter suppression, especially today, as many states are passing restrictive voting laws that disproportionately affect people of color.
“This is not about one name on a ballot; it’s about millions of people casting those ballots . . . . We cannot wait until there is a candidate on the ballot to talk about voting. Voting has nothing to do with politicians, it has everything to do with policy,” said Abrams, who launched Fair Fight Action after the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election to ensure every American has a voice in our election system, Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South.