Lawsuit filed over proposed closure of 7 Randolph Co. voting polls

Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 10:59 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 11:27 PM EDT
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RANDOLPH CO., GA (WALB) - The Cowtown Foundation along with 20 other organizations such as the NAACP have filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia and Secretary of State Brian Kemp over voting rights for African Americans in predominately black counties and precincts.

Randolph County made national headlines when the county proposed closing seven of its nine polling locations before the November general election.

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Many of the 20 organizations filing the suit said it will make voting very difficult for many rural citizens.

With these voting locations possibly being closed, these organizations said the prospect of closing the polling places targets many African Americans.

On Aug. 22, the Cowtown Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging the state of Georgia and Kemp over rights for African Americans in predominately black counties and precincts.

President of the Cowtown Foundation Corey Lea wonders if the reasoning behind these poll closings is because of the possible Democratic impact on the general election.

"Is it because you saw the results from energized based from either party, either party," said Lea. "And you look to deter the results from your county that could be a highly contested race?"

Randolph County has a population of about 7,000, the majority of which are African American.

Lea said his fear is that with these voting polls closing, it will make it harder for these voters to vote and could possibly discourage them from voting.

One major reason these polls are being proposed to close is due to the fact that they aren't handicapped-accessible.

"They are proposing to close seven of them for the reason that they are not handicap-accessible. Well they weren't handicap-accessible back in the primary, but you used them anyways," said Lea.

The suit has been filed and those involved will be served sometime this week and then they have 30 days to answer the suit.

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