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Atlanta Officials Refuse to Process 116,000 Signatures for Public Referendum on Cop City

HeadlineSep 12, 2023

In Georgia, Atlanta city officials are facing backlash after they refused to begin counting and verifying over 116,000 signatures submitted by activists Monday in support of a public referendum that could block the construction of Cop City, a massive $90 million police training center that would be the largest in the United States. The effort now appears to be in legal limbo after an appellate court suspended a previous order by another judge that had granted activists more time to turn in the petitions. The original deadline to get the measure on the ballot was August 21. Atlanta officials said they won’t verify signature forms until the appellate court rules on whether the deadline extension was lawful. This is the latest setback for the Stop Cop City movement; it comes after 61 protesters were indicted on racketeering charges.

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