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Helen Butler, GCPA Executive Director, Statement On Election Integrity In Georgia Primary

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda (GCPA), issued the following statement about election integrity during the Georgia Primary on May 24, 2022:

"We are still assessing the impact of the numerous problems Georgia voters reported across the state, and will provide a formal briefing in the near future. Today, based on reports from coordinators and coalition members across the state, we can say that several locations opened late, machines were broken, and we had reports of voters receiving error messages. A few precincts, including Savannah High, reported that machines were not operating for the first few hours and they didn't provide provisional ballots until after 9 a.m.

"We received several complaints about voters who got the incorrect voting precinct on MVP. Once voters found out they received erroneous precinct information, rather than have a system to accommodate those voters, some voters were sent to another wrong polling place. The mix-up appears to be related to an inadequate amount of time to provide voters with correct precinct information between the acceptance of redistricting maps and the date of the primaries. Elections officials anticipated this problem and requested to change the date of the primaries, however, the Georgia legislature decided not to reschedule.

"Details matter. To protect the integrity of the election we must give election officials and staff enough time to disseminate correct information. The only way for every eligible voter to cast a ballot that counts is for them to receive accurate information from their board of elections. Voters have jobs, families and other responsibilities and should not have to travel from precinct to precinct in search of a place to vote. Instead of focusing on ways to make voting harder, our legislature and elected officials should make voting easier and ensure that we have fail-safe backup systems for people who are provided inaccurate information by the board of elections.

"Another issue we encountered was people who changed their names on their drivers license but the name wasn't automatically updated in the system. One person that had this issue went home to get their passport but with the strict ID requirements, some voters don't have an alternate acceptable form of ID and others don't have time or transportation to go home for more ID. We must make sure that the automatic voter registration system is automatic.

"Clearly, as we progress to the General Election, Georgia officials need to spend less time thinking of ways to restrict voting and more time focused on protecting the integrity of our elections by providing reliable information to voters, maintaining working voting machines, opening all precincts on time, and improving systems to ensure that democracy works for all voters."

ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S AGENDA:

Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization performing year-round voter registration, education and mobilization in Black communities throughout Georgia. Led by board chair, Rev. J. A. Milner, and Butler, the organization has headquarters in Atlanta and offices in Athens, Albany, Macon, Augusta, LaGrange and Savannah.

For more information visit http://thepeoplesagenda.org, email coalition@bellsouth.net or call the People's Agenda at (404) 653-1199.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Edrea Davis
PH/Text:818.613.9521
email: edmedia@dogonvillage.com

Related link: https://www.thepeoplesagenda.org/

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Lincoln County Voters Triumph as Board of Elections Scraps Plans to Close 7 Polling Locations

LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- After several attempts by the Lincoln County Board of Elections to reduce the number of polling places in Lincoln County Georgia, the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and other voting rights groups were elated that the voice of the voters was heard and their efforts to stop the board from closing seven locations to create one was successful.

Rev. Denise Freeman, a local civil and human rights activist who led the efforts to collect signatures from voters on two separate petitions said, "Ï would love to be able to celebrate the hard work of Lincoln County voters to stop the board from consolidating seven polling locations into one but I can't. There's still work to do to make sure that every eligible voter in Lincoln County is able to cast a ballot that counts in the upcoming Midterm Elections."

The Lincoln County Board of Elections voted 3-0 against closing polling places on Wednesday.

Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda said, "The voters made sure their voices were heard. They knocked on doors and collected the required signatures for the petition to stop the plan to reduce the polling places to one. Needless to say, the board pivoted and announced an alternative plan to reduce the locations to three, nullifying the petition."

Talking to a group of about 300 women attending the Black Women's Roundtable National Summit in Washington, DC Butler continues, "They were playing games with the peoples' right to vote. But, in less than a week we were able to assist the Lincoln County voters in collecting signatures to stop the second plan, and we were ready to go a third time but the board decided to keep seven polling locations. This is indicative of power voters have by being engaged in the process. The people spoke and elected officials had to listen."

The petition presented with the requisite names in December reads, "We, the undersigned Lincoln County registered voters do hereby object to a proposal by the Lincoln County Board of Elections to close our current polling locations and to create a single polling location for all Lincoln County voters."

The petition drive was coordinated by the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Common Cause Georgia, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Black Voters Matter, Southern Poverty Law Center and Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. Local activists and community members helping to coordinate are: Rev. Denise Freeman, civil/human rights activist, Bishop Willie Jackson, Christ Centered Outreach Ministry, and Rev. Christopher Johnson, Augusta Interfaith Coalition.

ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S AGENDA

Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization performing year-round voter registration, education and mobilization in Black communities throughout Georgia. Led by board chair, Rev. J. A. Milner, and Butler, the organization has headquarters in Atlanta and offices in Athens, Albany, Macon, Augusta, LaGrange and Savannah.

For more information visit http://thepeoplesagenda.org, email coalition@bellsouth.net or call the People's Agenda at (404) 653-1199.

Related link: https://www.thepeoplesagenda.org/

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A Ballot Initiative in Nevada Aimed at Closing the Great American Divide

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- What if we could resolve America's bitter division with one simple fix, without anybody having to change their mind on the issues, or switch parties? Ready for pigs to sprout wings? The folks at Common Sense for Uniting America (CSUA) believe that the division in America is a direct result of our voting method, and they just filed a ballot initiative in Carson City to prove it.

"WHO Americans vote for is far less important than HOW they vote," said Founder of CSUA and retired Naval Commander and gaming systems specialist Ted Getschman. "When it comes to solving the gridlock in America, we've been looking in the wrong direction. You can't blame the American people, or even the politicians. It's not Mitch McConnell or Nancy Pelosi or even dark money. It's just collateral damage. It's the unintended byproduct of an antiquated voting system."

Commander Getschman calls his new voting system MaxVoting, and it works a lot like the star rating system for products on Amazon. "When Americans go to the ballot box, we ask them who do you want to win? Red or blue? Right or left? That's the wrong question," Getschman says. "And it leaves almost half the country frustrated and suspicious of the results."

In MaxVoting, voters are asked to express their opinion in a star rating that reflects on how much each candidate agrees with their stand on the issues. The candidate with the most stars at the end wins the election, because they will have agreed with most people the most. MaxVoting measures voter opinion on all of the candidates, rather than just voting once in a choice of two.

Common Sense for Uniting America believes that MaxVoting would make political division obsolete, because it's a system that doesn't begin by dividing the electorate. And candidates are not incentivized to enflame their bases, because majority opinion, the winning position, lies most often in the center.

"Replacing majority rule with majority opinion rule would incentivize candidates to move to the center, in order to align with America's steadying heartbeat, rather than today's volatile extremes," Getschman said. "It would change everything practically overnight."

Common Sense for Uniting America filed a ballot initiative on March 1 to institute MaxVoting in Nevada. It is a part of a larger state-by-state effort to update America's voting process to reflect the demands of the 21st century. They need 150,000 Nevada voters to register on CommonSenseforUnitingAmerica.org to get the initiative on the ballot.

"We could heal political division in America, and nobody would have to change their minds about anything," Getschman added. "In most states, we wouldn't even have to reprint the ballot forms."

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Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye Kicks Off 2022 GOTV Tour Featuring Award-Winning One-Woman Play: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Healing Through The Sound of Music announces: Award-winning singer, actress, and playwright, Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye kicks off the 2022 tour of her one-woman stage play about voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, with a live performance Feb. 17, 2022 at University of Maryland Eastern Shores in Princess Ann, Maryland. 'The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired" celebrates the unsung hero whose brave struggle for human dignity and freedom became a catalyst for the passage of the Voter's Rights Act of 1965, and also promotes voting in the 2022 midterm elections as part of their Voice of the Empowered (V.O.T.E.) 2022 edutainment tour.

"I am excited to kick off our 2022 tour during Black History month because Fannie Lou Hamer made huge sacrifices to defend American democracy. That's the reason we must fight to keep our history included in school curriculums," said Aimbaye. "She was a warrior in the fight for voting and civil rights. Given the surge in voting restrictions across the country as well as the attempts to limit access to Black History, it's critically important to learn about the sacrifice and success of Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of a sharecropper."

The audience is in for a treat as Aimbaye couples her exceptional storytelling abilities with her mellifluous voice and commanding stage presence to take the audience on an incredible journey as Fannie Lou Hamer returns from heaven on a mission to invoke a sense of purpose and responsibility. Through intimate conversation and twelve emotionally moving songs Aimbaye gives a witty and personal account of Fannie Lou Hamer growing up as the youngest of 20 siblings in the 1920s on a Mississippi sharecropping plantation and the struggles she encountered fighting for the right to vote.

"Black History is American History and we have a duty to make sure our children and grandchildren know our struggle," adds Djehuty Se Hotep, producer of "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story." He adds, "Mzuri created this play after being moved by footage of Hamer's truthful account of voter registration suppression and brutal jail-house beatings. Mzuri knew that she needed to find a way to give an oral rendition of Hamer's testimony that would create the same emotion, authority, and call to action to vote that Hamer did."

Additional February and March tour dates include February 22, Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA; March 8, University of Maryland in College Park, MD; and Mar 18 and 19 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

For times and tickets go to https://www.thefannielouhamerstory.com/

Awarded "Best Actress," "Best Producer," and "Best Play" at the 2015 Atlanta Black Theater Festival, "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story" is part of a national voter empowerment initiative coupling the musical extravaganza with panel discussions and town hall meetings for an innovative "edutainment experience" aimed at registering, educating and mobilizing voters. The play is Directed by Byron C. Saunders and produced by Healing Through the Sound of Music, a social impact music and theatre production company. Virtual and in-person tour dates are still available.

For more information visit https://www.thefannielouhamerstory.com/, email mstee@thefannielouhamerstory.com, or call (347) 395-0259.

For more information on Healing Through The Sound of Music, visit: https://www.healingthroughsoundmusic.org/

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PRESS CONFERENCE WED. JAN. 19, 2022: Coalition of Voting Rights Activists Will Deliver Petition to Stop Lincoln County from Eliminating All But One Polling Place

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As the U.S. Senate continues to discuss voting rights amid national efforts to disenfranchise voters, the new Lincoln County Board of Elections will vote Wed. Jan. 19, 2022 on whether to close all polling places except one. A coalition of voting rights activists will present a petition to the board at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19, and a press conference will follow at 4 p.m. The petition drive was coordinated by the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda (The Peoples Agenda), Common Cause Georgia, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Black Voters Matter.

Local activists and community members helping to coordinate are: Rev. Denise Freeman, civil/human rights activist, Bishop Willie Jackson, Christ Centered Outreach Ministry, and Rev. Christopher Johnson, Augusta Interfaith Coalition.

WHO: Press Conference Speakers:

Helen Butler, executive director, The Peoples Agenda

Rev. Denise Freeman, civil/human rights activist, Lincoln County

Bishop Willie Jackson, Christ Centered Outreach Ministry

Rev. Christopher Johnson, Augusta Interfaith Coalition

Fenika Miller, Sr. state organizing manager, Black Voters Matter Fund

Aunna Dennis, executive director, Common Cause Georgia

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE on closure of polling places in Lincoln County, Ga.

WHEN: DATE: Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022 -- TIME: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Lincoln County Board of Elections (In front of the building); 160 May Avenue, Lincolnton, GA 30817

HOW: For more information contact Edrea Davis edmedia@dogonvillage.com or 818.613.9521 (text/cell).

ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S AGENDA

Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization performing year-round voter registration, education and mobilization in Black communities throughout Georgia. Led by board chair, Rev. J. A. Milner, and Butler, the organization has headquarters in Atlanta and offices in Athens, Albany, Macon, Augusta, LaGrange and Savannah.

For more information visit https://thepeoplesagenda.org/ or email coalition@bellsouth.net or call the People's Agenda at (404) 653-1199.

Related link: https://www.thepeoplesagenda.org/

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