ACLU of GA calls proposal to close 7 of 9 Randolph Co. polling places "discriminatory"

Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 at 10:46 PM EDT
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RANDOLPH CO., GA (WALB) - Civil rights advocates called a proposal to close around 75 percent of Randolph County's polling places "discriminatory."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sent a letter to the Randolph County Board of Elections and Registration, saying the ACLU of Georgia believes the proposal would make it harder for African Americans to vote.

In the letter, the ACLU of Georgia said Randolph is a predominantly African-American county.

It said that its members believe closing seven of the county's nine polling places would completely prevent rural voters without transportation from voting in-person on Election Day.

The Randolph County Board of Elections And Registration announced the proposal along with two public meetings on the topic.

According to the ACLU of Georgia's letter, one of the meetings is Thursday, August 16 at 6 p.m. at the Randolph County Government Building located at 93 Front Street in Cuthbert.

The second meeting will be Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. at the Train Depot located at 58 Park Avenue in Shellman.

WALB reached out to the Randolph County Board of Elections and Registration Wednesday night, but has not heard back at this time.

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