Georgia Democrats Call for Immediate Action To Rectify Long Lines, Voter Suppression Across Georgia In Advance of Election Day

June 5, 2020

Voters Across Georgia Faced 6 Hour Lines On Last Day Of Early Vote

ATLANTA – Tonight, after widespread reports of long lines at polling sites on the last day of early voting, Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams released the following statement: 

“We are outraged that voters across Georgia, many of whom have done their part to attempt to vote safely by mail, have been forced to stand in line as long as six hours on the last day of early voting, in the middle of a pandemic that endangers public health. The Secretary of State and counties have had months to prepare for this election but they have squandered valuable time that could have been used to prevent the democratic crisis we are seeing today. 

Over the past weeks, we have heard from hundreds of voters who applied for vote by mail ballots, who followed every instruction given by the Secretary of State and counties to make sure their voice is heard, but never received the ballots they were promised. Georgia voters have done their part, and are now forced to choose between their right to vote and their health, unjustly punished by state leadership that would rather shrug their shoulders at a crisis than take immediate action to fix the problem. 

As history has shown, Georgia Democrats will not be deterred from the ballot box no matter what obstacles stand in our way. There is no excuse for the compounded failures of democratic institutions that we are seeing for voters across the state. We demand that adequate resources and trainings are provided to counties by Election Day this Tuesday, and we will keep fighting until every voter can make their voice heard for every election – period.

To the Georgia voters who have waited patiently to cast their ballot: we see you, we hear you, we are fighting for you. You have the right to stay in line, and we are here to help.” 

The Democratic Party of Georgia encourages all Georgia voters with questions and concerns about their vote to call the Voter Protection Hotline at 888-730-5816.


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