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Georgia Closes Black Polling Stations;White Polls Open for Early Voting

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[Cobb County, Georgia] "They didn't cut one White polling site!"

Barbara Arnwine was livid about this fluorescent violation of both Georgia and Federal voting rights law, a subject she teaches at Columbia University.

"All the polling sites they cut were in Black and Brown neighborhoods," said Arnwine, Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, who relocated to Atlanta for the US Senate run-offs. She expressed concern that Georgia leads the nation in new, sophisticated Jim Crow vote manipulation tactics.


Cobb County Early Voting Closures The state is required by law to provide the same number of polling locations during a run-off election -- like the one in Georgia happening right now -- as it does ...
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And some less sophisticated tactics as well, like this shut-down of polling stations in Black neighborhoods in Cobb County. It's a trick the ACLU of Georgia busted in the 2018 race between now-Governor Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.

They're at it again, says Arnwine. "They cut from eleven voting places during the General Election, down to five for the runoff, knowing knowing that during the General Election they had three hour lines with eleven places."

These five early voting stations are supposed to serve over half a million voters in a county that includes the suburbs of Atlanta.

Cobb County Early Voting Closures The state is required by law to provide the same number of polling locations during a run-off election -- like the one in Georgia happening right now -- as it does ...
Cobb County Early Voting Closures The state is required by law to provide the same number of polling locations during a run-off election -- like the one in Georgia happening right now -- as it does ...
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Georgia law, the ACLU wrote to the Georgia state officials, does not allow for closing polling stations after November 5. Local officials, unavailable to speak to us, have told media that they did not have enough poll workers to follow the law, though voting rights groups have offered to fill the gap.

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