Officials Scrap Plan to Close 7 of 9 Polling Places in Georgia County for ADA Noncompliance - Articles

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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on Aug 24, 2018

The Randolph County Board of Elections has rejected a proposal to shut down seven of its nine polling stations for noncompliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, The Washington Post reports.  Only 160 miles south of Atlanta, this rural county is composed of approximately 7,000 voters of whom 61 percent are African American. News of the controversial proposal triggered intense pushback including packed town-hall meetings, threats of legal action from civil rights groups and national news coverage. Changes to voting laws and policies that came from states with a history of voter suppression used to require prior approval from the Justice Department, but a 2013 Supreme Court decision removed that portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The election consultant who proposed this plan has been fired.