Letter to Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration
October 8, 2019
The ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to the Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration urging it to reverse its decision to move a polling place to a police station. Moving a polling place to a police station is a likely violation of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits any attempt to “intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person from voting or attempting to vote.”
Forcing voters to cast their ballots under the steely gaze of armed law enforcement officers all but amounts to government-sponsored voter intimidation. This is especially troubling given the fact that this polling location serves a majority Black community.