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BREAKING: Officials in #Jonesboro County, Georgia are seeking to move the city's sole polling site from a museum to the Jonesboro Police Dept.

This is clear #VoterSuppression. Along w/ our partners, we are resisting this move which would have a chilling effect on the Black vote.
@LawyersComm @866OURVOTE @Georgia_NAACP @gapeoplesagenda @NewGAProject @markniesse The Jonesboro Police Department has a long history of tensions with the Black community. In 2018, Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen resigned following complaints by #BLM activists about the treatment of a Black teen held in police custody. 11alive.com/article/news/l…
@LawyersComm @866OURVOTE @Georgia_NAACP @gapeoplesagenda @NewGAProject @markniesse Prior to his resignation, Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen exacerbated tensions with the community by vowing to aggressively enforce the city's "sagging pants” law - a tool used to racially profile PoC.
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@LawyersComm @866OURVOTE @Georgia_NAACP @gapeoplesagenda @NewGAProject @markniesse We believe that #Jonesboro officials seek to move the city's polling site to the local police department for one reason only: to suppress Black votes. This was done without notice and likely violates the Voting Rights Act. We will not stand by idly in the face of Jim Crow tactics
@LawyersComm @866OURVOTE @Georgia_NAACP @gapeoplesagenda @NewGAProject @markniesse Moving polling sites to locations deemed hostile to Black voters is an old and familiar tactic that we have faced for decades.

We recently beat back a similar scheme to move a polling site to the local sheriff's office in Macon-Bibb County Georgia. washingtonpost.com/politics/growi…
@LawyersComm @866OURVOTE @Georgia_NAACP @gapeoplesagenda @NewGAProject @markniesse Just over 390 days until the Nov. #2020election. We remain vigilant and stand prepared to fight #VoterSuppression efforts regardless of whether they rear their ugly head at the local or national level.

Call our Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE to report complaints.
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