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GEORGIA COUNTY ORDERS BLACK SENIOR OFF BUS TAKING THEM TO VOTE

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Roughly 40 Black senior citizens in rural Georgia were on board a bus bound for the polls on Monday, Oct. 15, when a Georgia government official ordered them off, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to the report, the trip was organized by the Black Voters Matter group, which is embarking on a bus tour across several southern states with the goal of urging Black people to vote.

A complaint from an unnamed caller tipped off a Jefferson County clerk about the bus, which was painted with the words “The South is Rising Tour.” The so-called concerned citizen felt the occupants shouldn’t be allowed at the polls.

Black Voters Matter@BlackVotersMtr

Yesterday, we experienced voter suppression in Louisville, Georgia.
We had a whole busload of beautiful black elders ready to go vote when the County Commissioner shut us down and made our elders get off the bus without having the chance to vote. Share this to spread the word!

attention from the wrong person and they called the county government offices, which led to the senior citizens being asked to leave the bus.

via The HuffPost:

Jefferson County Administrator Adam Brett said the trip, set to depart from a county-run senior center, was political and therefore violated guidelines imposed on county-sponsored events, the AJC reported. Although Black Voters Matter is a nonpartisan organization, Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Evans helped organize the event.

Officials “felt uncomfortable with allowing senior center patrons to leave the facility in a bus with an unknown third party,” Brett told the AJC. “No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote.”

Brown pushed back on Brett’s reasoning for ending the trip.

“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” she told the AJC. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”

Black Voters Matter@BlackVotersMtr

Yesterday, we experienced voter suppression in Louisville, Georgia.
We had a whole busload of beautiful black elders ready to go vote when the County Commissioner shut us down and made our elders get off the bus without having the chance to vote. Share this to spread the word!

In a video posted to Black Voters Matter’s Twitter page, Brown says “What happened was a real issue. But it ain’t going to stop us. Can’t stop, won’t stop.”