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GA: The Jolt: On Stacey Abrams’ ‘08 vote against banishment of sex offenders

[ – 9/11/18]

On Monday, the Georgia GOP again plunged deeply into the legislative record of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, launching an ad that assailed her vote against a sex offender crackdown as “too extreme for Georgia.”

The 30-second spot targets her opposition to a 2008 bill that reinstated a range of restrictions that limited offenders from living, working or loitering within 1,000 feet of a broad range of places where children gather, including schools, churches, community swimming pools and bus stops.

The Republican measure was pushed as a public safety necessity to safeguard children, and was designed to answer a 2007 Georgia Supreme Court ruling that struck down even broader restrictions that were hailed as the toughest in the nation. The lead author was David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who is now the House speaker.

The measure faced stiff opposition from some Democrats and civil liberties groups who argued it was too onerous. The locations of school bus stops, for instance, change from year to year. Ultimately, the legislation drove many offenders to desolate areas where few services were available. At one point, a tent city of homeless sex offenders was discovered in the woods behind a Marietta office park.

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  1. jw

    This strong conservative will be voting for Abrams – thanks to Georgia GOP for showing which candidate is my reasonable choice.

    Been fighting 2 years to be removed from Georgia’s registry. Georgia does not register misdemeanors, but my California misdemeanor is the exception.

    • jc

      What was the misdemeanor?

        • AnoterAnon

          Interesting. What is the corresponding code in Georgia? It is kind of surprising there is one. The reason for asking is because often the requirement to register in a new state depends on the new state having a corresponding section of its code. Or maybe there is a fail-safe code there like California’s 290.005. Or maybe all out-of-state convictions are required to register, misdemeanor or not, to prevent new registrants from moving to the new state.

        • jw

          There is no corresponding GA code – it would not have been a crime in Georgia.

          Georgia law states a misdemeanor is not a “crime against a minor”. Out of state convictions for a “crime against a minor” are required to register.

          I was a Georgia resident when sentenced, so it isn’t to prevent me from moving here.

        • AnotherAnon

          The painful irony is that if in Calif. you could petition for removal from the public registry. Is it possible to do that from out of state? Might be worth looking into.

          If this is updated and correct:

          How to get Removed or Excluded from the
          California Megan’s Law Website

          And your misdemeanor might be a good case to bring a Full Faith and Credit Clause challenge if Georgia does not accept the change. Except that this appears to be part of the statutory code and not a judicial judgement since the DOJ apparently approves it by statute.

        • AJ

          From @AnoterAnon:
          “Or maybe all out-of-state convictions are required to register, misdemeanor or not, to prevent new registrants from moving to the new state.”
          From @jw:
          “There is no corresponding GA code – it would not have been a crime in Georgia.

          “Georgia law states a misdemeanor is not a ‘crime against a minor.’ Out of state convictions for a ‘crime against a minor’ are required to register.”
          This sort of law and classification would (once again) seem to fly in the face of Equal Protection and/or Freedom of Travel. From Saenz v. Roe ( at 505): “since the right to travel embraces the citizen’s right to be treated equally in her new State of residence, the discriminatory classification is itself a penalty.” Also see my post from June 2018 for what a Federal judge in Indiana had to say about this, when he too quoted Saenz (

          Simply put, treating a migrant differently than an native is unconstitutional. From what @jw says, that’s exactly what GA is doing.

          Likewise, a law written “to prevent [migrants] from moving to the new state,” is patently unconstitutional. Notably, Saenz v. Roe was a case involving CA.

    • R M

      Well, I can’t vote but I will encourage my family to vote for Stacey Abrams.

    • R M

      Contact info for Stacey Abrams from :

      Abrams for Governor Main Office:
      1989 College Ave NE
      Atlanta, GA 30317

      Mailing Address:
      Stacey Abrams for Governor
      1270 Caroline Street Suite D120-447
      Atlanta, GA 30307

  2. Will Allen

    Every person who lives in Georgia should vote for Abrams. Unless you want more of the same old, immoral, anti-factual, anti-American “$EX offender” stupidity that has been a cancer all over the country.

    Brian Kemp is a big government lover. That is very clear.

    We are told that Brain Kemp thinks “$EX offender” residency “restrictions” are American and useful. If that is the case then we all know that Brian Kemp wants people who have shot children with guns to live near schools and be in them. That much we know.

  3. Jack

    Man this is interesting. The lengths that these people will go to in order to defend themselves. They must feel really bad about the age of consent in Georgia being so low for so long. I believe it was 14 until 1994 or something.

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