According to a New York Times piece GOP election officials in Georgia plan to close 7 out of 9 polling stations in Randolph county, a predominantly black county that votes overwhwlmingly for Democrats.
The New York Times piece points out that the majority of residents in this majority black county are poor and therefore lack reliable transportation. Closing down more than 75% of the polling stations would require them to travel more than 10 miles to vote–a move that will almost certainly depress voter turnout.
It cannot also be left unsaid(and the NYT article catches it) that this shameful move by Randolph county GOP election officials is a direct result of decisions by the the Roberts Supreme Court which have rolled back Voting Rights Act provisions that required state election officials to get permission before making changes that affect how people vote. In essence the Roberts Supreme Court has literally given local state officials total control in election related issues, the result of which is this shameful episode in Randolph county, Georgia.
It also bears pointing out that Georgia, and its GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp in particular, has long been in the crosshairs of election integrity advocates and this latest incident in Randolph county will only make things worse.
The system that caused problems in Johnson County during the Kansas gubernatorial primary is the ExpressVote–the same system that Georgia Secretary of State Kemp wanted (and still wants) Georgia to buy. It is made by ES&S, GA’s current vendor. #gapol @markniesse #ProtectOurVotes https://t.co/zq4MvSKg34
— Jennifer Cohn (@jennycohn1) August 17, 2018
This kind of chicanery by state GOP election officials is quite common in southern states and Yours Truly has repeatedly called on the DNC to take action against GOP election officials in Texas who have packed unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. The DNC is yet to move a finger.
#BREAKING:Meanwhile.@DNC is still ASLEEP ON THE SWITCH as TX.@GOP packs unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. cc.@HarrisVotes.@KPRC2.@HoustonChron#TheResistance #TXSen #TrumpRussia #unhackthevote #TedCruz #BetoForSenate #CNN #MSNBC #FoxNews
— Emoluments Clause (@Emolclause) August 5, 2018
Bottom line even though the article points out that the Geoegia ACLU is going after Randolph county GOP election officials, grassroots Democrats would prefer the DNC to be on the forefront of these fights. There’s no earthly reason why the DNC continues to stay in the sidelines while local GOP election officials are actively scheming on how to steal the Dem vote!!
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