Georgia is one of the key battleground states as the U.S. heads into the 2018 midterm elections, and the state is embroiled with controversy as gubernatorial candidates Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams face off as they vie to become Georgia’s next governor.
Accusations of voter suppression surround Kemp, who is white, through his current role as Georgia’s secretary of state, purging more than a half-million Georgia residents from the state’s voter registration rosters. Because those purged voters are predominantly African-American — as is Abrams — Kemp is being accused of using his position to essentially stack the deck in his favour along racial lines in a race where polling places the two candidates at a statistical dead heat.
While legal challenges have been mounted, Will Ferrell decided to take matters into his own hands by heading to Georgia and canvass on behalf of Abrams.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Anchorman” star and wife Viveca Paulin-Ferrell have been going door-to-door in some key districts to shore up support for Abrams.
Among the destinations hit by the Ferrells was Kennesaw State University, where he encouraged students to exercise the right to vote, telling them: “If you guys turn out there is no question.”
In a video shared by the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Ferrell discussed the importance for Georgia Democrats to head to the voting booth.
“We are very close to election day,” he says, addressing young voters. “I just want to make sure everyone knows how important it is for you to get out and vote early, to help canvass for Stacey Abrams. This is a very important election, not only for the future of Georgia but for the future of the whole country… with your help, you can win this election.”