Abrams claims that Evans had voted in favor of school vouchers a few years later, when the Legislature made revisions to the program.
Evans did vote for an early version of the 2011 bill, but not for the final version. According to her campaign, she only voted for the measure because it had provisions that improved the program's transparency. When the final bill hit the House floor with its final revisions, the transparency clauses were removed, so Evans voted against the bill.
Evans has also maintained that she has never voted for vouchers because the Student Scholarship Organization is not a voucher program. On June 26, 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that stated that the scholarship program is not a voucher program, because it is financed by private individuals, not public revenue, a fact Abrams had acknowledged during the debate.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the Student Scholarship Organization’s status as a voucher program is still subject to debate. Before the forum, the Evans campaign had already been defending her stance against vouchers, and on Oct. 12 the Abrams campaign shared its opinion on Facebook that the funds in the program are “vouchers by another name.”
Some aspects of Abrams’ statement are wrong. Evans wasn’t in the Legislature in 2008 when the Student Scholarship Organization program was approved. In 2011, Evans voted for revisions to the program, although she voted against the final bill after those revisions were dropped. There’s been a legal dispute over whether the tax credits that fund the Student Scholarship Organization make the program different from school vouchers. In June 2017 Georgia’s Supreme Court ruled that the “voucher” label did not apply.
Abrams' claim had some accurate points, but it left out important details. We rate it Half True.
Says Stacey Evans “voted for (school) vouchers … in the beginning.”
— Stacey Abrams on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 in a public forum