NAACP Georgia State Conference President Phyllis Blake has filed complaints with the state board of elections for possible voter suppression tactics regarding malfunctions of the touch screen machines in Bartow, Cobb, Henry and Dodge counties.
The Georgia NAACP has received complaints from several voters on touch-screen irregularities when attempting to select Stacey Abrams as their choice for governor – the machines instead chose Secretary of State Brian Kemp. In other instances, machines showed ballots being cast before any the person actually voted.
“We’ve had a steady stream of reported malfunctions of voting machines and refuse to sit idly by while this election is compromised,” Blake said in a statement. “The recent Rachel Maddow show on voter suppression in Georgia, highlighted some of the clear conflict of interest issues surrounding Kemp and his failure to protect the integrity of the vote and democracy in Georgia. We just want him to know the world is watching.”
NAACP said eyewitnesses report such occurrences in at least four counties in Georgia including Bartow, Dodge, Cobb and Henry counties.
“The essence of our democracy is at stake and the NAACP is paying close attention to the continuous flow of irregularities and voter suppression issues emerging out of Georgia,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “We are working hand in hand with our Georgia State NAACP and its President Phyllis T. Blake in ensuring the integrity of our vote is not compromised.”