Georgia Commission on Women’s Statement on Voter Access
Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy whose power is in the voices of its people at the ballot box. Citizens in many Georgia communities have faced prohibitively long lines, some several hours long, at polling places throughout the state in recent elections, particularly in the Atlanta area. Myriad explanations have been offered including machine malfunction, closed polling places, lack of poll workers, and general disorganization. The time for finger pointing is over, and our leaders must focus on finding and implementing solutions by the November general election. The voting access issues in the primary election on June 9, 2020 must not happen again. The Georgia Commission on Women encourages the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, local Boards of Election, and the State of Georgia to work together to find solutions to ensure all Georgia voters have equal access to the ballot box.