One of the prominent members of Stacey Abrahms’ Georgia political organization Fair Fight made headlines, but likely not in the way the group expected.
State Rep. Al Williams, who serves on the board of Fair Fight said in 2007 that voter fraud was most likely to take place when mail-in ballots were used, according to Fox News.
Williams’ statement from more than a decade ago seems to be contraindicated with what Fair Fight is working on during its current push in Georgia, which is standing against more security laws for mail-in voting.
The 2007 NPR interview during which Williams made his comments also included a clip where he used mail-in voting’s weaknesses as a way to support his position that ID laws were unnecessary and discriminatory.
Essentially, Williams said that the only place we would really need to worry would be if mail-in voting became more widespread, then there would be a potential identification issue:
“We have not one instance in 12 years – and that was a study done by the previous Secretary of State Cathy Cox – not one instance of voter fraud at the polls,” Williams said.
“Most of the fraud that occurs with voting is with absentee ballots, where only a signature is required,” Williams also said. “But none of these provisions will even addressed [in the 2007 law].”
Williams position has drastically changed, and he’s now in favor of voting by mail as was supported in a January tweet from Fair FIght where they bashed the then-Georgia legislature bill that would eventually become law:
“We oppose all attempts to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting and we oppose any measures to add voter ID laws for mail-in ballots,” Fair Fight tweeted “Vote by mail works. Republicans are offering solutions in search of a problem.”