Voting access a focus of Georgia debate

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Kemp and Georgia Republicans concocted an "exact-match" law where anyone's name on their government-issued IDs must precisely match their names as listed on the voter rolls, and Ted Enamorado of The Washington Post found that as many as 30% of voters in America's 8th largest state could be ineligible to vote under this law (totaling nearly a million people).

The GOP shenanigans are particularly dubious in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is vying to be the first black female governor, running against Republican Brian Kemp - who as the current Georgia Secretary of State, is conveniently in charge of running the election.

Georgia's poor track record on civil rights issues helps to explain why Abrams, throughout her career in public service, has long dedicated herself to franchising new voters.

Early voters particularly concerned Kemp who fretted about "the literally tens of millions of dollars that they [the Abrams camp] are putting behind the get-out-the-vote effort to their base".

Abrams is now locked in a dead heat with Republican candidate Kemp, who is getting high praise from the oval office.

Speaking at a meet and greet, Booker said Abrams inspires him "like no one else ever has". But you still need to vote on November 6, and you still need to stay informed about the candidates in the upcoming elections.

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"If the GOP thinks that Black people are voting for them, they will make sure that your vote counts", Noah said. "She's too extreme for Georgia".

Similar arguments may resurface Tuesday night, when Kemp and Abrams square off in the first gubernatorial debate, two weeks before the election.

Additionally, Kemp blocked 53,000 Georgia residents from registering to vote, most of whom were African-American, according to analysis from the Associated Press; and 595 absentee ballots in Gwinnett County were recently rejected, most of which were submitted by minority voters as well.

Ms Abrams' campaign against Confederate symbols did not stop in her student days.

Both candidates have attracted national heavyweights in a sign of just how seriously the parties are taking the contest. She's also been endorsed by former president Barack Obama. Marco Rubio, among others. He's said the race is a battle for the very "soul" of the state.

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