Advocates, however, had warned that those changes in particular could make it harder for some people to vote. In a letter to the board in July, the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of several Georgia groups, said they believed officials had not fully considered "the significant burden and negative, disparate impact the closure of these polling locations will have on low-income and minority voters."
Other community advocates told the board Monday that they felt officials needed to talk more with neighbors and other residents who vote at the locations in question. They said officials had not fully considered the impact on voters — including the elderly — who typically take public transportation or need help getting to the polls in order to cast their ballots.
“Let’s just leave it the way it is now to lessen the confusion,” said Melissa Wardley, who teaches civics classes in the Adamsville area. Residents understand the importance of voting, she said, but making the changes now was “just too soon.”
“When you change the polling locations,” she said, “that makes it twice as hard to get people out.”
While the board reversed itself on those changes, it did approve other proposals to tweak precinct boundary lines and change the names of precincts in other parts of the county.
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