We fought back against voter suppression in Randolph County — and we won!
After learning about Republicans’ attempt to silence the vote in Georgia’s Black Belt, and with only a few days’ notice, we joined forces with the New Georgia Project to text every voter in the district and recruit canvassers to go door-to-door to collect petition signatures before today’s deadline.
Then this morning, after facing overwhelming pressure, election officials in this small, rural county voted to not close polling locations that primarily serviced Black and lower income voters.
This is an incredible victory that shows what’s possible when activists work together and fight back. But make no mistake, we must remain vigilant. Republicans in Georgia have been actively working to suppress primarily Black voters for years. Stacey Abrams’ opponent Brian Kemp has used his position as Georgia’s Secretary of State to purge hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls and deny tens of thousands of new voter registrations.1 And who knows what other tricks remain up their sleeves ahead of the General Election.
Stacey Abrams couldn’t be more different. Rather than working to suppress the vote, Stacey has worked for years to increase voter turnout and voter registration — founding the New Georgia Project in 2013 with the goal of registering 800,000 voters.2
It’s her inclusive, all-encompassing approach to politics that has inspired so many to get involved, and it’s another example of why we must work so hard to elect Stacey as the next Governor of Georgia.
So thank you for being a part of this fight. If you can, please split a contribution between WFP and the New Georgia Project so we can continue to fight back against any attempts to disenfranchise voters.
1. Brian Kemp’s Bid for Governor Depends on Erasing the Black Vote in Georgia, Slate, August 17, 2018.
2. Battle over voter registrations set stage for Georgia governor’s race, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 17, 2018.