Congressman Bishop outraged after proposal to close polling stations in Randolph County

Updated: Aug. 21, 2018 at 3:51 AM EDT
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RANDOLPH CO., GA (WALB) - Congressman Sanford Bishop released a statement following a proposal to close seven out of nine polling stations in Randolph County.

Bishop says he is outraged and will do everything in his power to stop what he calls an act of "voter suppression."

I am outraged by the proposal to close seven of the nine polling stations in Randolph County and will do everything in my power to stop this act of voter suppression. The right to vote is fundamental to our system of government. This action would certainly work to disenfranchise voters in Randolph County, particularly African American voters. It is a disgrace to our democratic process, and it is unacceptable. I will be reaching out today to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Georgia Secretary of State to express my strong opposition to these proposed voting station closures. - Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02)

MORE: Outrage expressed over proposal to close most Randolph Co. polling locations

Bishop also sent a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. In the letter, Bishop calls the proposal a "clear violation of the federal Voting Rights Act as well as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution."

The seven voting locations proposed to be closed are listed below:

  • Cuthbert:
    • Springvale 
    • Coleman 
    • Carnegie 
    • Cuthbert Middle School 
    • Benevolence
  • Shellman: 
    • Fountain Bridge
    • Fourth District

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