Randolph County Chair Bobby Jenkins Responds to Board Decision to Keep All Polling Locations Open

August 24, 2018

RANDOLPH COUNTY, GA – Today, Randolph County Democratic Party Chair Bobby Jenkins issued the following statement:

“We are thrilled that all nine polling locations will remain open to Randolph County voters, and we express our heartfelt gratitude to citizens and advocate groups across Georgia who stood up and protected our cherished right to vote. While today’s decision is something to celebrate, we shouldn’t forget how we got here. We have a Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, who is engaged in voter suppression. Worse, he is engaged in voter suppression in an election in which he is a candidate. Now that we have fought to protect the right to vote, we must encourage people to use that power. We must encourage our friends and neighbors to vote for Stacey Abrams, Sarah Riggs Amico, Joyce Barlow, who is running for House District 151 that includes Randolph County, and other Democrats across Georgia. We will continue to reject voter suppression tactics, and we will stop voter suppressors like Brian Kemp from running our state.”

BACKGROUND:

Mike Malone, an associate and donor of Brian Kemp, consulted with the Randolph County Board of Elections following a recommendation by Kemp’s office earlier this year.  

Kemp, according to Malone, directed his associate to recommend polling closures across Georgia. Kemp claimed to oppose the Randolph County polling location closures; however, audio evidence highly suggests that Kemp himself directed Malone to recommend these closures. 

Malone recommended closing seven of the nine Randolph County polling locations due to non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Disability and voting rights advocates decried the proposal, and Malone was fired by the county after his blatant attempts to suppress votes. Randolph County’s population is majority African American.

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