Fulton reverses polling changes in several majority Black precincts

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Fulton reverses polling changes in several majority Black precincts

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Jujuan Odom, 23, votes at a voting station at the Southwest Branch Library in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Residents of South Fulton voted today for mayor and city council positions. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

Fulton County officials on Monday reversed a decision that would have changed polling locations in several majority African-American precincts, effectively bowing to the wishes of community leaders who worried about voter confusion ahead of municipal elections in November.

The decision came after the ACLU of Georgia sued the county elections board claiming it did not give the public enough notice about the changes before it initially voted in mid-July to approve them.

County officials said they proposed the changes to streamline how voters cast their ballots and to reflect a decline in Election Day usage of the precincts as the popularity of early voting has surged.

With Monday’s vote, the precincts will remain the same at least through November, with the idea that the county could revisit them next year. To read more about the changes and which neighborhoods they affected, click here to read our previous story on myAJC.com.

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