Georgia: Police Sent to Black Homes to Challenge Voting Rights

In Sparta, Georgia, police are being sent to black households to serve subpoenas for them to prove they are voters or 'lose their voting rights.' (Photo: Google Images & TBW)

In Sparta, Georgia, police are being sent to black households to serve subpoenas for them to prove they are voters or ‘lose their voting rights.’
(Photo: Google Images & TBW)

Fresh from our, “Is it 1816 or 2016” file, multiple news media outlets are reporting the Hancock County Board of Elections and Registration has been “systematically questioning the registrations of more than 180” black residents in Sparta, Georgia “by dispatching deputies with summonses commanding them to appear in person to prove their residence or lose their voting rights,” reports Brad Reed of Raw Story, citing a New York Times article.

The black residents targeted make up 1/5th of the total population of the town. Reed writes:

“A new lawsuit is alleging that the Hancock County Board of Elections enacted this policy to help white candidates win more elections in Sparta, although county attorney Barry Fleming told the Times that the board’s policies have nothing to do with race.”

We suppose they haven’t heard of voter suppression, voter intimidation or read any studies that prove voter fraud is mythical and a tool used by the GOP to violate the constitutional rights of citizens of color.

Who do you turn to in a town like Sparta, Georgia when the menacing, harassment and intimidation is coming from the Sheriff’s office and local government? We’ll wait.

Read more at The Raw Story.

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