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Atlanta Activists Gather 100,000+ Signatures for Referendum to Stop Cop City

HeadlineAug 22, 2023

In Georgia, Atlanta city officials have announced an intricate signature verifying process that’s forced activists campaigning to get a public referendum aimed at stopping a massive $90 million police training complex to delay turning in the tens of thousands of signatures they’ve collected in support of the measure. Voting rights advocates have denounced the verification practice, saying it can easily disenfranchise voters of color by throwing out authentic signatures perceived to have minimal differences. The city’s announcement Monday came just hours after activists opposing Cop City said they had gathered more than 100,000 signatures ahead of Monday’s deadline to submit the petition. Stop Cop City activists have vowed to continue collecting signatures as a judge granted them more time to turn them in. The move means the referendum may not make the ballot until March, when a competitive Republican presidential primary is taking place.

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