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Provisional ballots denied to some voters in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Multiple complaints have been filed today with Georgia’s election protection team claiming that poll managers are refusing to provide provisional ballots and giving no reason for the refusal.

The ballots would allow people whose voter eligibility is in question to vote today and confirm their eligibility later this week.

Several reports came from voters at Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta, according to the election protection team organized by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The population of the area where the high school is located is 95 percent black, according to census data.

Fulton County Public Information Officer April Majors said they’ve received no reports of provisional ballot denials and ballots have been distributed properly.

“Under Georgia law, folks are entitled to provisional ballots if there’s any problem,” said Harold Franklin, spokesperson for the election protection team. “If voters are being turned away and told that they cannot vote a provisional ballot and are not able to get back to try to vote again, that means that their right to vote has been impaired.”

Gerald Griggs, an attorney with the NAACP’s Atlanta branch, says that such denials “would mean that the right to the franchise is being denied to African Americans in one of the most African American districts,” Griggs says. “We are very disheartened by this information and we will get to the bottom of it.”

Griggs is seeking to have polls stay open later for the people who were turned away.

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