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Georgia shatters all-time registration records

Voter registration record broke in Georgia

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office announced Wednesday that Georgia has shattered the all-time voter registration record with more than 6,915,000 active and inactive voters on the rolls. Kemp expects the total number to break 7,000,000 voters at any moment as counties continue to process forms received by Tuesday’s voter registration deadline.
“Despite what you hear or read, the numbers are clear,” Kemp, who is in a tight race to become Georgia’s next governor, said. “While outside agitators disparage this office and falsely attack us, we have kept our heads down and remained focused on ensuring secure, accessible, and fair elections for all voters. The fact is that it has never been easier to register to vote and get engaged in the electoral process in Georgia, and we are incredibly proud to report this new record.”
Kemp is battling Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s nationally watched governor’s race, set for Nov. 6. Kemp is seeking to help the GOP maintain control of the governor’s office and virtually every other statewide office the party has enjoyed since 2002, while Abrams is running to become the nation’s first African-American female governor.
The voter registration deadline was Oct, 9, 2018 for the Nov, 6, 2018 election. Absentee by mail voting is already underway. Early in-person voting runs Oct. 15, 2018 through Nov. 2, 2018. In all 159 counties, the polls will be open on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
The governor’s race has captured national attention, as Democrats hope a so-called “blue wave” will begin in Georgia and carry them to major victories in next month’s midterm election. Georgia Republicans, on the other hand, are hoping the recent White House victory that saw Brett Kavanaugh appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court will help them maintain political dominance in Georgia.