Georgia Bus Carrying Senior Black Voters Stopped on Way to Polls

HeadlineOct 18, 2018

And in Georgia, a bus carrying African-American senior citizens to a polling place in Jefferson County was stopped Monday, and all passengers were told to get off, after a county clerk raised concerns about the bus and the organizers’ political motivations. The bus trip was organized by the nonpartisan group Black Voters Matter. The senior citizens were on their way to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in Georgia. This is co-founder Cliff Albright in a video released by Black Voters Matter.

Cliff Albright: “Somebody called the commission, the county commission, to complain because they saw all these black folks get on this big black bus. It’s the blackest bus in America. Somebody drove past, saw that, got nervous, got mad, called the county commission’s office, which then called the senator. And the bottom line was, all the folks who had just got on the bus—and the bus was full, this is a 50-passenger bus full of folk—had to come off the bus.”

This comes as Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is calling on her Republican opponent Brian Kemp to step down as secretary of state following allegations of widespread voter suppression.

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