Georgia Voters Claim Voter Suppression After Having To Wait Hours Due To Missing Power Cords – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

The midterms are over, but Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams has yet to concede the Georgia election. The election up until this point has been a firestorm of voter suppression, from the fact that Abrams’ opponent, Brian Kemp, has an office that has a role in compiling the election results, to allegations of voter suppression going on across the state both yesterday and in the days and weeks leading up to the election. Atlanta Black Star reports on one such incident that took place on Tuesday morning, forcing thousands of mostly black voters to wait for hours to get their chance to vote.

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Video taken at Anderson-Livsey Elementary School near Snellville, Ga. showed a long line of mostly African-American voters as they waited to cast their ballots. This is because they were forced to resort to paper ballots after several of the electronic polls stopped working. One voter likened it to “waiting on line at Six Flags,” as the line stretched the entire length of the school.

“Election day started an hour ago in my neighborhood and we don’t have cords to plug in the voting machines,” a man says in the video, posted on Twitter. “We all knew voting was today and only in my neighborhood people are waiting an hour after the polls open to vote. And [election officials] are saying that we don’t have power cords.”

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“All of these dedicated people waiting to vote,” the man added. “This is what we call voter suppression. This is what we go through to vote.” According to Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson, the issue wasn’t electrical, and apparently, these things have happened in the past. Sorenson later told NBC News “the machines were not supplied power and was running on battery & the battery ran out.”

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A similar report came from the Pittman Park precinct in Atlanta, where voters said they were stuck waiting in line for hours because the precinct had only three voting machines. The county would end up sending five additional machines over.

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