A public records request from HuffPost found no written record to support a Georgia county’s rationale for closing almost all of its polling places in the majority-black county. Officials in Randolph County have claimed they’re closing seven of the nine locations because of accessibility issues — but the county has “no document, report or analysis studying the handicap accessibility of polling places in Randolph County and the cost of fixing them” from the past year, one official wrote.
The county in southwest Georgia tends to lean Democratic, and over 60% of its residents are black. With nearly a third of residents living below the poverty line, the American Civil Liberties Union said voters could have trouble traveling to polling locations that are farther away. Stacey Abrams, the first black female gubernatorial nominee from a major party, is on the ballot in Georgia in November.