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  • -Hello, Stacey. Thank you so much for coming back

  • to "The Tonight Show." I appreciate this.

  • -It's my pleasure. Thanks for having me again.

  • -I have lots of questions. We're getting down to the wire.

  • The election is just four days away.

  • People are calling it the most important election

  • of our lifetime.

  • You live in Georgia, which is a battleground state.

  • How is -- How's voting going so far in Georgia?

  • -We have seen extraordinary turnout

  • like much of the country.

  • We've already exceeded our 2016 early voting numbers.

  • And we are on track to have the single largest turnout

  • for voters in the history of the state.

  • So pretty good. -Wow.

  • -We're excited. -What's key about Georgia

  • in this election?

  • -Georgia is one of the battleground states

  • that has so much to offer.

  • We can send 16 electoral college votes.

  • We can send two US Senators.

  • And we're also on track to flip the state house.

  • And for Democrats, this is incredibly important

  • because it will mean that we have the opportunity

  • to be partners in redistricting.

  • That means less gerrymandering for politicians

  • and more opportunities for voters.

  • So, we're very excited about being able to send our votes

  • to help Joe Biden, to help elect two US senators,

  • and to flip the state house.

  • -What do you have to say to voters who haven't voted yet?

  • -Please. We just need people to vote.

  • We know that this is an election that's about the voices

  • that have been left behind or left out.

  • And when those voices show up, when they are heard

  • at the polls, we start to see the changes we talk about.

  • We get a chance to have access to healthcare.

  • We get a chance to talk about the environment.

  • We have an opportunity to have real criminal justice reform.

  • We have an economy to save.

  • And the way those choices get made,

  • it's based on who turns out to vote.

  • And the reality is, if you don't vote,

  • somebody else is making your choice for you.

  • -On Tuesday night, we hope that we have an answer

  • to who won the election, but we might not.

  • What do you have to say about that?

  • -I would say don't panic,

  • and we should actually prepare not to know.

  • This is an unprecedented year,

  • not just in terms of the turnout,

  • but because of COVID-19 millions more Americans are using

  • voting by mail or absentee balloting,

  • and that's a good thing.

  • It means that we are safer when we cast our ballots

  • and we aren't getting in line unnecessarily.

  • But that then means it's gonna take longer to count the votes.

  • And so we just need to be patient.

  • I would rather have slow and accurate than fast and wrong.

  • And the best way for us to get an accurate assessment

  • of what Americans decided is to wait.

  • It's not going to take forever.

  • But it's going to take long enough to know that the system's

  • actually working and that we get the results we deserve.

  • -You produced a fantastic documentary called

  • "All In: The Fight for Democracy,"

  • which should be required viewing, I believe, for anyone.

  • How'd you get involved with that?

  • -I actually created the idea when I was approached

  • about doing a documentary on my 2018 election.

  • I was there. I had no interest in reliving it.

  • But I did want to talk to Americans about the history

  • of voter suppression and how it connects to the challenges

  • faced by communities of color, by poor people,

  • by young people in our country today.

  • If we don't understand the enemy of voter suppression,

  • we can't defend our democracy appropriately.

  • And as you know, I wrote a book called "Our Time is Now."

  • But I know people get information in different ways.

  • So we did a book, and we did a documentary,

  • and I want to thank Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes

  • who are extraordinary film makers who took an idea

  • that I had and turned it into this extraordinary film.

  • -Yeah, it's getting great reviews, and it's important.

  • But I think one of the cool things,

  • it's streaming now on Amazon Prime video.

  • But also you're doing this cool thing.

  • From now until Sunday, people can watch it for free

  • on Amazon Prime video's YouTube channel.

  • What do you hope people take away from the documentary?

  • -We can't understand just how vital our democracy is

  • until we understand the challenges

  • that so many people face trying to participate in it.

  • For young people in particular, there was a recent article

  • that said it's not cynicism or apathy

  • that keeps them out of voting.

  • Often it's the obstacles they face

  • to getting into the process.

  • And if you don't know that those obstacles exist,

  • we can't work together as a society to remove them.

  • So I hope people get angry about those who are trying

  • to stop us from voting, but more importantly get energized

  • about using this power so we can get start to expand access

  • to the franchise and defend the right to vote.

  • -Can we talk about the voting initiative that you've also

  • been doing with LeBron?

  • -So we have been so proud to work with LeBron James,

  • with his group, we've been working with When We All Vote.

  • And we created our own initiative

  • called Civics for the Culture.

  • Steph Curry, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi, Gabrielle Union,

  • Selena Gomez, Keke Palmer, Chloe Bennet, Naomi Campbell,

  • they've all come on board to help us educate voters,

  • especially young voters of color,

  • about their rights to vote and about voter suppression,

  • prepare them to cast their ballots,

  • and then activate them to get out and get it done.

  • And so we're excited that through our organization

  • Fair Fight, we've been able to put this program together,

  • and it's been an extraordinary success.

  • And we're so grateful to those celebrities and influencers

  • who have helped us make it so.

  • -I thank you so much for coming on.

  • I know how busy you are, and thank you for all the work

  • that you are doing. It's clearly working.

  • Your work is working. Because people are already early voting.

  • People are showing up and this is very, very important

  • that people do it. -Thank you.

  • -Stacey Abrams, everybody. Check out the documentary,

  • "All In: The Fight for Democracy"

  • on Amazon Prime video.

-Hello, Stacey. Thank you so much for coming back

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