Georgia NAACP opposes Bibb precinct cuts

Georgia's NAACP opposes a plan to cut a third of Bibb County's voting precincts, saying it will affect African American voters the most.

Bibb County's board of elections is scheduled to vote at 10 a.m. Thursday on whether to approve the plan. Election superintendent Jeanetta Watson says they plan to reduce the number of polling places from 40 to 26 to save money. She said it would affect mostly smaller precincts with lower turnout.

But the NAACP news release says 10 of the 14 precincts being cut have "overwhelming African American" turnout that increased between 2012 and 2014.

"This defies conventional wisdom about voter apathy, turnout, and gives some valuable insight in understanding why these precincts are being targeted in the guise of saving a few dollars," says statewide NAACP president Francys Johnson.

The group is urging the public to show up at Thursday's meeting to oppose the changes. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Board of Elections Office at 2440 Pio Nono Ave.


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