Jonesboro City Hall doesn’t have enough space or parking for Election Day, but it will still be used for early voting, Clark said.
He also said the City Council’s vote on Sept. 3 to move the precinct complied with a state law prohibiting polling place changes within 60 days of an election. The Council’s vote came 63 days prior to Election Day on Nov. 5.
Houk said elections should be held in schools, churches or public buildings that are a more neutral setting than the police department.
The civil rights groups are the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, the New Georgia Project and the Clayton County Branch NAACP.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia also objected to the new polling place, sending a letter to election officials Tuesday urging them to reverse the decision because the Voting Rights Act prohibits intimidating anyone attempting to vote.