ACLU of Georgia

Letter to Randolph County Board of Elections to Reject Proposal to Close 75% of Polling Locations

On August 14, 2018, the ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to the Randolph County Board of Elections and Registration demanding it reject the proposal to close seven out of nine – more than 75% – polling places on the eve of the November elections in a county that is predominantly African American. The Randolph County proposal was discriminatory, unjustifiable, and violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The ACLU of Georgia worked closely with coalition partners to organize county residents who packed the two public meetings to standing-room only capacity. ACLU of Georgia communications drew local, state, and national press coverage.

In the packed meeting on August 24, 2018, the citizens of Randolph County watched as the board of elections members unanimously voted down the proposal to close seven of nine precincts.