Stacey Abrams oversees Georgia electors voting for Biden

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams presided over her state’s body of electors and oversaw their roll call on Monday.

Abrams served as presiding officer for the body, a position she was elected to, as they gathered to cast their votes for the country's next president and vice president.

All 16 of the state’s electors, including Abrams, were present at the meeting and voted to elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' MORE (D-Calif.) for the roles, respectively.


The vote marks the first time in nearly three decades that the state has elected a Democrat to serve as president. The last instance before this election was in 1992, when Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMonica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' 40-year march: Only one state doesn't recognize Juneteenth Fire-proofing forests is not possible MORE beat then-President George H.W. Bush to win the state.

The vote in Georgia was held at the Georgia State Capitol, according to local media.

Some noted online that Abrams was seen during the gathering not wearing a mask at times while addressing the body. But footage captured from the meeting also showed Abrams donning a mask reading “Vote” on the floor before she would take the stand to speak.

Abrams tweeted on Monday that she was “honored” to preside over the meeting of her state’s electors and to cast her vote for both Biden and Harris, who will be the first woman, Black American and first South Asian American to serve as the nation’s vice president.

“Together, we will restore the soul of our nation, build our economy back better and recover from the pandemic,” Abrams tweeted. 


The news comes as Abrams has attracted widespread praise in recent weeks for her efforts to help mobilize voters and fight voter suppression in Georgia, in the wake of Biden’s victory in what used to be considered a reliably red state in the presidential race. 

Abrams, who had expressed concerns about voter suppression during her race against then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian KempBrian KempNorth Carolina county reverses course, ends coke machine ban MLB All-Star game to stay in Denver, judge rules MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' MORE in 2018, set her sights on tackling the issue by creating a multistate voting rights initiative called Fair Fight 2020 last year. 

She has also helped raise millions to support Democrats in the state ahead of the state’s pivotal Senate runoff elections in January.