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Aug 27, 2018

Weekly Primer: A Proposal That Would Have Suppressed The Vote In Georgia Fails

After national scrutiny and threats of lawsuits, the elections board overseeing the polling practices of a majority black county in Georgia stepped back from its plans to close seven out of nine voting sites in the county. The Randolph County Board of Elections, at a meeting that took about 60 seconds on Friday, voted down the proposal to close the polling places. The vote came after the decision earlier in the week to fire the consultant, a supporter of Georgia Republican secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, who made the recommendation. The move to close the polling places — albeit unsuccessful — brought to light what appears to be an emerging trend under the Trump administration: using the Americans with Disabilities Act as a pretext for closing election sites in counties with large minority populations. That excuse was part of the Randolph County proposal and, to wit, a Huffington Post public records request seeking documents pertaining to any ADA…

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