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ATLANTA — Voters from all over the state of Georgia experienced massive failures in both election preparation and administration. Voters from both rural and metropolitan communities have reported widespread frustration as long lines, last minute precinct changes and closures, non-delivery, backlogs of absentee ballots and lack of adequate training for election officials have corrupted what often is a symbolic experience in the American tradition of democracy.
“What we are witnessing is a complete travesty and full accountability into this election's misadministration from the Secretary of State and other state officials is of the upmost priority. The time to prepare was months-ago-late and shows that action is urgent, now. We demand steps be taken to ensure that this does not happen again in November,” says James Woodall, State President, Georgia NAACP.
The blood of so many freedom fighters, like Congressman John Lewis, have fought and dedicated their lives for the right to vote. To have our elections managed in this way and every bit of election progress be eroded by severe incompetence is repugnant.
“The history of voter suppression in this state calls for an immediate demand for relief as every Georgian has an obligation to their right to vote, whether they choose to vote-by-mail, early in-person, or on Election Day. Today, we saw that right infringed upon."
As we prepare to advocate post this General Primary election, the Georgia NAACP will continue to oppose Senate Bill 463, which shifts responsibility for the kinds of severe problems witnessed today, from the Secretary of State’s office to local County Boards of Elections. We will promote proactive solutions to resolve the challenges of implementation, training, and statewide election uniformity. Anything less is insufficient.
About Georgia NAACP
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.