Helen Butler, GCPA Executive Director, Georgia Elementary School Election Integrity Statement – The Durango Herald
ATLANTA, Ga., May 25, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Helen Butler, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda (GCPA), released the following statement on election integrity at the Georgia Primary on May 24, 2022 :
“We are still assessing the impact of the many issues reported by Georgia voters across the state and will provide an official briefing in the near future. Today, based on reports from coordinators and coalition members across the state, we can say that several locations opened late, machines were broken, and we had reports of voters receiving messages of error. A few precincts, including Savannah High, reported that the machines did not work for the first few hours and that they did not provide provisional ballots until after 9 a.m.
“We have received several complaints about voters getting the wrong electoral district on MVP. Once voters found out they had been given incorrect precinct information, rather than having a system to accommodate those voters, some voters were sent to another wrong polling place. The confusion appears to be related to insufficient time to provide voters with correct constituency information between the acceptance of redistricting maps and the date of the primaries. Election officials anticipated this issue and asked to change the date of the primaries, however, the Georgian legislature decided not to postpone.
“Details matter. To protect the integrity of the election, we must give election officials and staff enough time to disseminate correct information. The only way for every eligible voter to cast a ballot that counts is to receive accurate information from their election commission. Voters have jobs, families and other responsibilities and shouldn’t have to travel from riding to riding looking for a place to vote. Instead of focusing on ways to make it harder to vote, our legislature and elected officials should make it easier to vote and ensure that we have fail-safe backup systems for people who receive inaccurate information from the election office.
“Another issue we encountered was people who changed their name on their driver’s license, but the name was not automatically updated in the system. One person who had this problem went home to get their passport, but with the strict ID requirements, some voters don’t have any other acceptable form of ID and some don’t have the time or transportation to return home for more identity. We need to make sure that the automatic voter registration system is automatic.
“Clearly, as we move towards general elections, Georgian officials need to spend less time thinking about ways to restrict voting and more time focusing on protecting the integrity of our elections by providing reliable information to voters, keeping voting machines working, opening all constituencies on time, and improving systems to ensure democracy works for all voters.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S AGENDA:
Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts year-round voter registration, education, and mobilization in Black communities throughout Georgia. Led by Chairman of the Board, Reverend JA Milner and Butler, the organization is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Athens, Albany, Macon, Augusta, LaGrange and Savannah.
For more information, visit http://thepeoplesagenda.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call People’s Agenda at (404) 653-1199.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Georgian Coalition for the People’s Agenda
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