Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee in this year's race for governor of Georgia, asked that Hollywood not follow through on their threats to boycott the state over what turned out to be a controversial victory by her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp.
Abrams' plea to Hollywood comes after some actors in Hollywood called for their peers in the industry to no longer bolster the state's economy by pulling production.
While many accusations are getting thrown in Kemp's direction, voter suppression in Georgia is the most alarming concern that has arisen as a result of this gubernatorial race. In 2018, the state passed the "exact match" law, which requires that the name on a citizen's government-issued ID must exactly match the name as it is listed on either the state's Department of Driver Services database or in the Social Security Administration information. This law has resulted in 53,000 voter registrations held up, 70 percent of which belong to African-Americans.
Since the difference between Kemp and Abrams was less than 55,000 votes, these held up voter registrations could have made a huge difference in deciding who would have been the next governor of Georgia. Every vote counts, and in this case, it could not be truer.