National voter protection group says Georgia's election issues are 'substantial'


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    MACON, Ga. -- A national voter protection group released its report on this year's midterms on Friday.

    A release from the nonpartisan group, Election Protection, said it looked at trends voters reported experiencing this year.

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    The coalition said it helped out more than 31,000 during the midterms through support hotlines and its teams who watched social media to look out for reports about voting problems.

    About 10,000 people volunteered through Election Protection to help voters across 30 states at its call centers, including 4,000 legal volunteers.

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    “Much work remains to be done to strengthen and improve the way elections are run in our country to ensure that no eligible American is disenfranchised or silenced,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Through Election Protection, we provided comprehensive support for voters across the nation and helped voters overcome barriers and hurdles that stood in their way. But in some parts of the country like Georgia, Arizona, New York, North Carolina, and Texas, the problems are substantial and some officials remain bent on locking out voters of color. With a Justice Department that has all but abandoned its mission of enforcing the Voting Rights Act, Election Protection will stand in the void and continue to fight for a more inclusive democracy.”

    The report said voters this year ran into widespread problems of "voter suppression and disenfranchisement" nationwide.

    According to the group, problems at the polls included:

    • Poor staffing causing long lines
    • Insufficient voting materials
    • Problems with voting machines
    • Improper training of poll workers
    • Failure to get or count absentee ballots

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    Check out the full report here or read it below:


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