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Civil Rights Groups Demand Every Georgian Ballot be Counted

For Immediate Release November 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding the unresolved ballot crisis in Georgia:

“This election presented Georgia voters with unnecessary and manufactured obstacles to the ballot, including voter purges, poll closures, long lines, and broken machines – all of which disproportionately harmed communities of color. The state also attempted to block 53,000 registration applications, most of which were from African Americans, a community too familiar with systemic barriers to voting.

“At every turn, the civil rights community has fought these attempts to silence voters – including successful litigation brought by the Lawyers’ Committee and advocacy efforts by NAACP LDF to monitor and keep voting precincts open to allow residents to vote. We urge officials to ensure every ballot is counted. Voters must know that our elections are free, fair, and equally accessible to all. This is not just about Georgia; if voters cannot trust that their voices will be heard, then the system has failed them.”

There is still time to ensure that all votes cast in Georgia are counted. Voters who cast a provisional ballot must cure their provisional ballot by producing the required information, identification, or proof of citizenship to their county registrar’s office by 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, November 9 to ensure their vote is counted. Some offices will accept the necessary information by fax, by email, or in person. Voters with questions or who encounter any problems are asked to call the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE or visit https://866ourvote.org/information-for-Georgia-provisional-voters/.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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