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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:10 AM

GA is updating Jim Crow race laws. Now, he's Dr James Crow - by David Daley and Rev Jesse Jackson

Dr James Crow is a specialist in statistics and other subtle ways of keeping black voters down

Mon 12 Apr 2021 06.18 EDT

Georgia has a long history of racial inequity at the ballot box. Voters wait an average of just six minutes in line after 7pm in precincts where 90% of residents are white. But when 90% of voters are Black? The wait soars to 51 minutes.

Between 2012 and 2018, Georgia shuttered 8% of all precincts statewide, and moved 40% of them. According to a study by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the combination of fewer precincts and longer commutes could have kept as many as 85,000 people from casting a ballot in 2018. This disproportionately burdened Black voters, who were 20% less likely to make it to the polls as a result.

Now Georgiaís GOP legislature has enacted another 92 pages of voting restrictions and regulations that will make voting much more complicated and burdensome. Itís harder to register to vote. Itís more difficult to get a ballot. And it will be tougher to cast it.

The new law cuts the amount of time that voters have to request an absentee ballot in half. It adds additional new voter ID provisions for requesting and casting an absentee ballot; studies show that voters of color are much more likely than white voters to have their ballots disqualified for missing that step.


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