Georgia County Will Pay Up $180K After Disenfranchising Many Black Voters

Georgia County Will Pay Up $180K After Disenfranchising Many Black Voters

The county reportedly committed more than a dozen violations of the state law, Think Progress reports. The area has a large population of African-American voters who largely cast their ballots in favor of President Barack Obama in the past two elections.

Published August 26, 2015

Fulton County, Ga., will be paying a fine of $180,000 after admitting to disenfranchising voters in the 2012 and 2008 elections.

The county reportedly committed more than a dozen violations of the state law, Think Progress reports. The area has a large population of African-American voters who largely cast their ballots in favor of President Barack Obama in the past two elections.

Election officials refused to provide absentee ballots to individuals who requested them and those who registered on time were purposely left off the rolls at polling stations. They also sent voters to the wrong precincts. 

“We’re happy that the [settlement] is over and we’re able to move forward,” Erica Pines of the Fulton County Democratic Party told ThinkProgress. “We want our voters, many of whom are minorities who’ve experienced a history of disenfranchisement, to remain confident in our elections system and not fear there’s going to be some type of issue when they go to the polls.”

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