2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia:
"Thank you for coming out today as we discuss our voter protection work. What I consider the most important work we do as a state party."
3. Stacey Abrams, author and politician, walks to the front of the audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stacey Abrams, politician and author:
"In states that are passing restrictive voter ID laws, there's this notion that it's racially neutral and that it's facially neutral. But we know that's not true. The argument you hear on Twitter, which is a terrible source, is well you have to have an ID to do these normal things. Well, the reality for the disabled community is often those things aren't normal. And the access is limited. And if you have to have a certain form of ID that is so narrow in scope that it excludes the very people that need the right to vote, then voter IDs are wrong in the way they're doing it today."
The next debate among Democrat party presidential hopefuls is coming to Atlanta. A series of panel discussion are being held to coincide with that event and Tuesday the topic was voter suppression.
Stacey Abrams, politician and author, spoke at a roundtable panel discussion about disability access and the efforts to make sure all votes cast are counted.
"Let's talk about what voter suppression is. It's can you register and stay on the rolls? Can you pass the ballot and can that ballot be counted? When we launched our campaign for governor we were one of the only campaigns that had disability advocates at the tables from the very beginning helping us understand how we should do our work. That's an important change," Abrams told the audience.
Abrams also spoke out against what she claims are restrictive voter ID laws that she believes often have requirements that are so narrow in scope that they exclude many disabled people who need the right to vote.
The Democratic candidate debate is scheduled to be held Wednesday evening at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.