Georgia candidates decry plan to close voting sites in mostly black county | News

By Tim Reid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan to close most polling places in a predominantly black Georgia county ahead of November’s elections is drawing opposition from the state’s gubernatorial candidates and voting rights activists, who deem it blatant voter suppression.

The two-member local elections board is expected to vote on Friday on a proposal to shutter seven of nine polling sites in rural Randolph County, located in southwest Georgia, where roughly 60 percent of the 7,800 residents are black.

The board members have said the voting sites violate federal disabilities law because they are not wheelchair accessible.

Both Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee who is seeking to become the first female African-American…

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