Voting rights become a flashpoint in Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA (AP) — In this year’s race for Georgia governor, the Republican candidate oversees elections and voter registration in the state and the Democrat claims he’s misusing that responsibility.

Former state Rep. Stacey Abrams has accused GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp of suppressing access to the polls as their race heats up with roughly one month before the Nov. 6 election.

But Kemp says Abrams and allied liberal activists are twisting his record of guarding Georgia elections against voter fraud.

One major policy the two have sparred over is Georgia’s “exact match” registration verification process.

Under the policy, information on voter applications must precisely match information on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration. Election officials can place non-matching applications on hold.

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