Voter suppression in Atlanta in the November 2018 election
My son, 53 years old, is completely paralyzed and at the time of his voter registration he was in Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. There was a voter registration group in the lobby of Grady Hospital one August Saturday afternoon registering people to vote. The registration for my son was completed following the instructions of the group registering potential voters: he made his mark and my signature as well. The persons manning the table scanned the card for accuracy and the card was left with them for proper handling.
Dekalb County Election department was called to request an absentee ballot. They said they did not have his registration and to call the Secretary of State’s office. Dekalb County said that Registration promotion groups send their registrations to the Secretary of State who in turn sends the registration cards to the county elections department.
The Secretary of State’s office said that they had sent all cards to the county. The Secretary of State was emailed making a second inquiry. The response was that it is the duty of the registering group to get the registrations to the Secretary of State’s office prior to the registration deadline.
So, this is an example of voter registration suppression in Atlanta Georgia. Then Secretary of State (the counter of the votes) was also in that election running for governor.
This is another example of voter suppression. When a voter completes a registration, they expect the card to be submitted to the secretary of state. Why are these voter registration promotion groups not monitored by the state to ensure they are handling registrations responsibly? Or is the state mishandling the registrations to negatively affect the vote. It’s awful.
Is it any wonder that the Secretary of State, the official counter of the vote and also a candidate for governor of Georgia won the election?