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Civil rights groups claim 53,000 purged from voting rolls
As the US mid-term elections approach, accusations of voter suppression in the state of Georgia have become front-and-centre of the hotly contested governors race.

At the first televised debate on Tuesday, the Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams - who is standing to become the first black woman governor in US history - accused her rival of purging thousands from voting rolls. Her Republican opponent - Brian Kemp - is currently the Georgia Secretary of State, meaning that he is in overall charge of the elections. 

Civil rights groups claim Mr Kemp is trying to suppress voter turnout and that black voters make up a large proportion of those being removed from voter registers. 

Cliff Albright - the co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund in Georgia - explains their concerns.

Newsday contacted Brian Kemp's campaign but had not received a response at the time of broadcast.

(Photo: Early voting in Georgia. Credit: Getty Images)