Lincoln County, Georgia, where one-third of the population is black, proposes to close all but one polling station

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 09: A polling station worker holds an “I am a voter from Georgia” sticker to be given to a voter on June 9, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Dakota and Nevada are holding primaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A few days ago, I wrote about Stacey Abrams, and on her second try for governor of Georgia, she launched a nationwide call for voting rights reform. 19 states have already passed 34 laws this year alone to impose certain restrictions, 13 bills have been pre-tabled for 2022, and 88 of them will be postponed until the new year, as the Brennan Center said. Remember, in Georgia’s 2018 governor election, Abrams lost to Governor Kemp by just 55,000 votes.

It’s not just a national attack on the franchise that we need to be concerned about, it’s every little county, especially where there is a large black population. In Abrams Georgia state, Lincoln County, where there is a 29% black population, the county is preparing to close all but one polling station, according to Augusta Chronicle.

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Relocating voters from the county’s seven constituencies to one location will make voting “easier and more accessible” and eliminate the need to transport voting materials and staff the remaining venues, according to a press release.

To the right. Having a place where there will be massive lines and high potential for people leaving those lines is supposed to make it easier.

Community members must have said this about the move:

“Lincoln County is a very rural county. Some people live up to 23 miles from the city of Lincolnton, ”said Denise Freeman, activist and former Lincoln County School Board member. “It’s not about convenience for citizens. It’s about control. These are the good old boys who want to do what they always did, which is power and control.

Common Cause Georgia executive director Aunna Dennis says it’s just an extension of Senate Bill 202 signed by Governor Kemp in March. We have described some of the ways in which the bill reduces the rights of voters here. The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year dissolving the Lincoln County Board of Elections.

“They’re trying to do this enclosure consolidation undercover, so we’re going to go ahead with the canvassing campaign,” Dennis said. Obtaining the signatures of about 20% of the population of the same neighborhood seems to have the effect of blocking the movement, at least temporarily.

Thus, Lincoln County does not have a transportation budget. How will the state ensure that workers get to this one polling station if they don’t have a car or if they are away from work? Wait, that would be too practical.

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