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Fulton County To Revote On Closing Polling Locations

Aug 11, 2017
The six polling locations on the chopping block are in predominantly black neighborhoods in South Atlanta.
Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

Fulton County's Board of Registration and Elections will vote for the second time Monday morning on whether to shut down six polling locations.

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The board approved closing the polling locations, which are in predominantly black neighborhoods, last month.

Elections officials said not enough people use those locations to justify keeping them open.

The ACLU sued saying the board didn't give the public enough notice of the proposed changes before taking a vote.

Fulton Voting Precincts Might Close In Black Neighborhoods

Jul 14, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press File

Fulton County's Board of Registration and Elections voted unanimously on Thursday to propose closing six polling places, consolidating them with other existing voting locations. All of them are in predominantly black neighborhoods in South Atlanta.

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The board says most people in these polling places vote early anyway and don't frequent the locations often enough to justify keeping them open. 

David Goldman / Associated Press

The ACLU of Georgia is raising alarms about how counties and the state maintain voter rolls. The group thinks the way some voter addresses are verified may violate federal law.

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Earlier this month, Fulton County resident Stacey Hopkins got a notice from her local registrar.

Lisa Hagen / WABE

Poll workers at Therrell High School said one of the location's “Express Poll” machines froze throughout the morning. The machines verify voters’ IDs and pop out yellow ballot cards that people take over to the booths. Fulton County elections officials say the school was one of a handful of polling locations where express poll machines had to be rebooted.

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Fulton County sent letters to registered voters to tell them where to vote next month, but many of them ended up at wrong addresses or left voters confused.

In Susan White's case, the mistake was obvious.

She got a letter telling her to vote in Fulton County at Morningside Baptist Church. The problem is, she lives in DeKalb County.

"Someone maybe does need to vote at Morningside Baptist. But they're not at my house," said White.

Fulton County blames a vendor for using address forwarding records and sending thousands of letters to incorrect homes.