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Georgia NAACP Commends Decision to Keep Polls Open

August 24, 2018


Maintains Call for Resignation of Secretary of State Kemp

Conflict of Interest and Issues of Ethics Mar Campaign


ATLANTA (August 24, 2018)—The NAACP’s Georgia State Conference commends the decision by the Randolph County Board of Elections to vote against a consultant proposal to close 7 of 9 voting polls in a nearly-all Black district, less than 3 months before midterm elections.

“Voter suppression happens in many ways, some subtle and some direct –our job is to stop it wherever it appears,” said NAACP Georgia State Conference President Phyllis Blake. “We also are extremely wary of the apparent conflict of interest issues that continue to mar the campaign of Secretary of State Brian Kemp. His connection to the consultant who recommended these closings needs to be investigated,” added Blake.

Earlier this month, the NAACP Georgia State Conference called for Sec. Kemp to step down from office due to possible unethical and conflict of interest issues. The group pointed to a report from the FOX 5 I-Team—Kemp, a Trump-endorsed candidate utilized taxpayer paid for app to promote his gubernatorial campaign.

The Georgia State Conference NAACP continues to voice the argument that it is highly unethical for the individual responsible for protecting the integrity of the voting process to give the appearance of using that position to advance their political career.




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