Dawkins-Haigler also attacked Raffensperger, calling his proposal to station police security at 2,000 polling places “nothing but another form of voter intimidation.”
“As the descendant of slaves coming to a country where we didn’t even have the rights, it is now incumbent upon us to continue to make sure that every single Georgian, no matter their race or ethnicity, has that right, knowing that Republicans will continue to change the goal posts and the rules,” said Dawkins-Haigler, who was a state representative until she made an unsuccessful run for the state Senate in 2016.
Nguyen said she gained experience in the Georgia House fighting election disinformation. Nguyen said she pored over voter lists to confirm that voters were eligible, debunking claims by a data analyst after he testified to a Republican-led committee in the wake of the 2020 election.
“We were facing a concerted effort by Georgia Republicans based on lies and conspiracy theories to try and undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 election,” Nguyen said. “It did not stop me from going back into the General Assembly in 2021 and fighting against Senate Bill 202, as well as our other voter suppression laws in the state of Georgia.”
Dawkins-Haigler said the only reason Raffensperger didn’t cave to Trump over the 2020 election is that he felt he had to defend Georgia’s new voting equipment that his office purchased. All in-person Georgia voters now cast ballots on touchscreens that then print out paper ballots.
Despite a federal warning last week about vulnerabilities in touchscreens manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems, Dawkins-Haigler said Raffensperger is unwilling to abandon them. Both candidates said they support switching Georgia to paper ballots filled out by hand.
“Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger continues to uphold that story because he is trying to maintain power, and power never concedes power without a demand,” Dawkins-Haigler said.
The two Democrats have to compete in a runoff because neither received more than 50% of the vote in last month’s primary.
Raffensperger already won his primary, receiving 52% of the vote and defeating U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who was endorsed by Trump.