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Fair Fight Announces 2023 Senior Fellowship Program
ATLANTA — Now in its fourth year, Fair Fight PAC has launched its premier Fair Fight Senior Fellowship Program for 2023. Since 2019, Fair Fight has focused on developing a cohort of state legislators and local elected officials representing communities across Georgia. The program has graduated over forty elected officials in Georgia and 10 additional states. This year, the program will train a diverse set of 20 state legislators and local elected officials, with most being state legislators newly-elected in the 2022 Midterm Elections.
This fellowship program is devoted to expanding knowledge of issues and values important to Fair Fight—particularly the freedom to vote and grassroots advocacy. Through this unique opportunity, Fair Fight Senior Fellows will hone their expertise on various topics including fundraising, grassroots organizing, disinformation, voter protection, and more—all in effort to expand the quality of leadership within the progressive ecosystem. The Georgia-based Senior Fellowship program will run from January to December 2023.
“In 2022, Fair Fight was proud to endorse a diverse slate of progressive candidates for the Georgia State Legislature,” said Fair Fight Political Director Nicole Robinson. “This year, we look forward to working with them and a host of local elected officials to spread awareness about and the skills needed to address issues important to our work. Through the Fair Fight Senior Fellowship Program, we will continue to support and develop the next generation of pro-democracy and pro-voter leaders across our great state.”
Fair Fight Celebrates Reverend Raphael Warnock’s Re-Election to the U.S. Senate
Group applauds Georgia voters for turning out in force amid myriad restrictive barriers stemming from Georgia Republicans’ anti-voting bill SB 202
Fair Fight Celebrates Early Vote Turnout Following Multiple Failed Attempts by Georgia Republicans to Block Weekend Voting
Group applauds voters for their commitment and determination while denouncing Secretary of State for failing to take action to prevent hours-long lines
ATLANTA一Today, Fair Fight Executive Director Cianti Stewart-Reid issued a statement following the first weekend of Early Voting in Georgia’s U.S. Senate Runoff:
“Georgia voters once again showed their power and determination by turning out en masse to cast their ballots in the U.S. Senate Runoff Election. Thousands of Georgians seized the opportunity to vote as soon as their counties allowed, despite multiple failed attempts by Brad Raffensperger and Georgia Republicans to block Saturday Voting statewide and make voting even less accessible.
The demand for weekend voting is clear: more than 150,000 Georgians turned out between Nov 26-27 after advocates worked tirelessly to secure previously-denied Saturday and Sunday voting in over two dozen counties. While Fair Fight applauds voters for taking time during this busy holiday season to make their voices heard, no Georgian should be forced to choose between participating in our democracy and waiting in the hours-long lines.
Instead of preparing for robust turnout and providing election workers with the resources they need, Georgia Republicans wasted their time—and taxpayer dollars—unsuccessfully fighting to deny individual counties the option to expand Early Voting to meet the needs of their communities. While Raffensperger’s determination to suppress votes has never wavered, neither will Fair Fight’s commitment to fighting on behalf of all eligible voters. The work continues.”
Fair Fight Issues Statement Responding to Georgia’s Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Election Outcomes
Group remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting voters in Georgia and across the country, beginning with the Dec. 6 runoff to re-elect Sen. Raphael Warnock
ATLANTA一Fair Fight Executive Director Cianti Stewart-Reid issued the following statement in response to the outcome of the 2022 Georgia Gubernatorial election and U.S. Senate
“While last night did not go the way we hoped—for Stacey Abrams and for the people of Georgia—the Fair Fight team is proud to be part of the multi-racial, multi-generational coalition that worked tirelessly to break down barriers to the ballot box and drive record-breaking turnout in the face of Brian Kemp’s voter suppression law.
The loss of the gubernatorial election is devastating. But despite Kemp prevailing, our work does not end on Election Day. Stacey Abrams founded this organization in order to protect and empower voters across the country; for that we will always be grateful. We remain steadfast in our mission and doubly committed to working toward a better Georgia—beginning with the re-election of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock in the Dec. 6 runoff. We will not stand by while Governor Kemp and the far right continue to put people across the country in jeopardy.
With the Senate hanging in the balance, we know our work to protect and educate voters across the country will be necessary. We will continue fighting to bring all eligible voices into the fold of our democracy. Onward.”
Statement from Fair Fight PAC
Fair Fight PAC was founded to promote equitable elections in Georgia. For years we have done just that, which is why it is important to us that we provide the communities we serve with information regardless of the potential impact. On October 13, Fair Fight PAC became aware that PAC funds may have been incorrectly paid to consultants.
Our first priority is to organize collective efforts to educate voters, which we will not lose sight of throughout this internal investigation. Fair Fight values transparency and accountability and will face any potential missteps head on.
Right now, millions of voters are preparing to cast their ballots to determine the future of our state and their communities. At this pivotal moment—as anti-voter politicians continue working to erect barriers to the ballot box—Fair Fight remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that every eligible voter across Georgia has the opportunity to cast their ballot, have it counted, and make their voice heard.
Fair Fight strives to serve with the utmost integrity, as is core to our values. We take these matters seriously and have initiated a comprehensive investigation. For questions, contact Fair Fight’s Director of Communications Xakota Espinoza (email@example.com).
Fair Fight Action Remains Steadfast in Protecting Freedom to Vote Across Georgia and Nation, Uplifts Impact of Case Following Ruling
Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger made history as the longest voting rights trial on Eleventh Circuit record, resulting in numerous pro-voter developments regardless of today’s ruling
ATLANTA一 Today, Judge Steve C. Jones issued a ruling in the landmark case Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger. The lawsuit — filed in 2018, and tried in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia earlier this year — made history as the longest voting rights trial on record in the Eleventh Circuit, and put real voters at the center of conversation about voting rights in Georgia.
Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger built an unprecedented and lasting record demonstrating the suppressive effects of the state’s election practices and amplified the stories of Georgians across the state who have faced undue burdens exercising their freedom to vote. This case, put simply, gave those voters a voice.
As attacks on the freedom to vote continue to plague the nation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, the Court ruled in favor of Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, and the State Election Board in the Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger litigation. However, the significance and impact of this historic case is not diminished by the Court’s ruling.
Prior to this case, a claim under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act had not received a full trial on the merits in the Northern District of Georgia in more than a decade. The litigation provided a once-in-a-decade opportunity to challenge the constitutionality and legality of voting practices in federal court at a time when all eyes are on Georgia, and exposed discriminatory and burdensome features of Georgia’s elections system. As the Court recognized, the felon matching process challenged by Plaintiffs “creates a severe burden on voters . . . forc[ing] individual voters erroneously caught by the Secretary’s matching criteria to navigate administrative obstacles that are distinctly more burdensome than the obstacles that the Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit have examined.”
Fair Fight Action Executive Director Cianti Stewart-Reid issued the following statement:
“Despite the numerous and significant pro-voter developments that have already resulted from this case, we are nonetheless disappointed by the Court’s decision. In this moment of frustration, we also are here to remind the nation: Litigation is only one tool to fight against voter suppression.
While Georgia voters must continue to wait for much-needed relief from Secretary of State Raffenspeger and the State Election Board’s suppressive elections practices, our trial was nothing short of historic — not just for the state, but for the nation. We are proud of what Fair Fight Action, our co-plaintiffs, and Georgians have achieved over the last four years. This trial was a testament to the resilience and determination of Georgia voters. Since 2018, this case has provided more than 3,000 Georgians with a platform to share their experiences. Their stories were not shared in vain. Rather, they enable Fair Fight Action and our allies to shine a light on the burdensome and discriminatory features of Georgia’s elections system while advocating for commonsense, pro-voter solutions.
The Court’s ruling today is no doubt a significant loss for the voting rights community in Georgia and across the country. However, it does not undermine the tireless work that Fair Fight Action and our allies continue to undertake to support Georgia voters and mitigate the obstacles they face to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Fair Fight Action will continue to support Georgians as they navigate the voting process and the hurdles placed in their way by SOS Raffensperger and the State Election Board’s policies and practices.
The fight continues.”
Since the lawsuit was first filed in 2018, more than 150 Georgians from across the state voluntarily gave sworn deposition testimony on the barriers they faced accessing the ballot box. Those voters were joined by more than 3,000 voters and would-be voters who have shared their voting experience via written declarations since November 2018. And more than two-dozen voters, would-be voters, and poll workers also provided testimony, which is now part of the official court record of the proceedings. As the Court stated, “It is no small undertaking to sit for a deposition, to travel to a federal courthouse, or to swear an oath and testify in public before a federal court. The participation of these witnesses merits recognition.” We agree.
Not only was Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger the longest voting rights trial on record in the Eleventh Circuit — which includes the District Courts of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia — it was also the first voting rights case to receive a full trial on the merits in the Northern District of Georgia in the last decade.
In the four years since the lawsuit was filed, meaningful strides have been made to improve ballot access and eliminate obstacles voters face becoming and staying registered to vote, and casting their ballot. By advocating on behalf of voters, Fair Fight Action and co-plaintiffs have forced accountability among elected and appointed government officials. Even without judicial relief, through this litigation Plaintiffs have successfully advocated for commonsense, pro-voter improvements to Georgia’s elections system, including but not limited to:
- The reinstatement of 22,000+ voters who had been removed from the voting rolls as a direct result of Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction related to the 2019 Georgia Voter Purge;
- An end to Secretary of State Raffensperger’s practice of keeping eligible Georgians off the active voter list if their application does not exactly match Department of Driver Services records, character-for-character;
- Improvements to the process of canceling an absentee ballot to vote in person;
- Execution of an audit to identify thousands of Georgians wrongly excluded from the active voter list based on incorrect citizenship information; and
- Replacement of voting machines.
The litigation also exposed discriminatory and burdensome features of Georgia’s elections system, including:
- The disparate rate at which Black and brown voters are flagged by the Exact Match registration policy — ten times more likely than non-Hispanic white voters;
- That the Secretary of State’s Office was aware a federal court had determined the date-of-birth requirement for absentee ballots violated federal law but nonetheless supported inclusion of the requirement in SB 202; and
- The Secretary of State’s Office’s failure to maintain a reliable and quantifiable system for tracking, logging, analyzing, or responding to voter complaints.