Georgia local election officials on Monday reversed a decision to close polling places in mostly African-American precincts after critics sued them over the closures and said the changes would lead to confusion.
The decision means three polling places slated for closure will remain open for local elections in November. It marks a victory for voting rights groups that worried the changes would unfairly affect minority voters and sued the board after it announced its decision, saying it did not post adequate public notice ahead of the vote on the changes.
Fulton County is home to Atlanta, which has a mayoral election this year. It’s also Georgia’s most populous county, according to 2010 census data. As of 2016, African Americans made up 44.5 percent of the county’s residents.
“This victory means thousands of Black registered voters will be able to go to their polling place and cast a ballot in this year’s important mayoral election ? without the confusion and disruption that the closures would have caused,” Andrea Young, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, which sued the board over the proposed changes, said in a Monday statement. (HuffPost)