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Fulton cities, legislators screening documentary on 2018 Ga. election

Courtesy of Brave New Films
Courtesy of Brave New Films

Cities in southern Fulton and state legislators are screening a documentary about alleged voter suppression efforts surrounding Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial race.

"Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" looks at the race between Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, who is suing the state over voting problems, and the winning Republican candidate Gov. Brian Kemp.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's reporting, Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by Abrams' allies, claims in a lawsuit that Georgia election officials inappropriately purged voter registrations, canceled absentee ballots, created long lines and failed to protect voting integrity. State election officials have denied allegations that state laws and election procedures disenfranchise voters.

The movie will be playing in South Fulton and East Point this month.


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As reported by the AJC, "Suppressed" profiles African-American voters who were denied casting a ballot, including a U.S. Army officer, an Emory University student and a retired teacher.

The film is from Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Culver City, California.

South Fulton’s screening will be at Welcome All Park,  4255 Will Lee Road, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

In attendance will be Georgia Sen. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, along with state Reps. Derrick Jackson, D-Tyrone, and William Boddie, D-East Point, and South Fulton Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis.


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"I'm fully committed to ensuring residents have an opportunity to exercise their rights to vote in an equitable democracy," Willis said in a news release. "This movie highlights some irregularities in the last election cycle and gives residents an opportunity to learn about the new voting machines."

East Point will have voting machine demonstrations at each of its screenings.

The Thursday screening at 6:30 p.m. will feature East Point Councilman Joshua Butler, Sen. Williams and Rep. Kim Schofield, D-Atlanta, at East Point Fire Station No. 3, which is located at 3800 North Commerce Drive. Residents should RSVP online.

The Feb. 13 screening will have Schofield and Fulton County Commissioner Joe Carn at East Point City Hall, 2757 East Point St., at 6:30 p.m.


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