RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – One Georgia county is considering closing 7 of its 9 voting precincts before November’s election.
Randolph County is in southwest Georgia, about an hour south of Columbus.
The director of elections there announced in the newspaper plans to only keep two precincts open, even though all of them were used for the primary and July runoff.
One civil rights attorney calls it voter suppression, and says it appears racially motivated.
“We’re talking about a county that is 60 percent black. It’s in the black belt and has twice the rate of African American population compared to the rest of the state. When you cut out 75% of those polling places, it’s going to have an affect on African Americans and all but guarantee lower turnout,” says Sena Young, Legal Director at the ACLU of Georgia.
One of the precincts the board plans to close actually has the MOST registered voters in Randolph County, and 95 percent of them are black.
There are meetings scheduled for Thursday night and Friday about the plan.
Authored by Mike Tigas