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​ “This initiative represents a longer-term investment that SPLC is making in the communities we serve,” said Nancy Abudu, deputy legal director for the SPLC’s voting rights team. “The historic numbers of those who’ve requested absentee ballots and those who have already voted early are evidence that people are committed to systemic and long-term change.” Here, people wait in line in Atlanta on October 12, the first day of early voting for the general election. Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images ​