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"I am 89 years old and nearly blind. I had to fill out two mail-in ballot applications because the first was rejected. When I finally received my ballot, filled it out and mailed it back, I was told that my ballot was also rejected. I didn't give up. I applied for a ballot again, and received it on the Saturday before the election, so a family member physically had to deliver it to get it in on time." - Dawn Elizabeth Crawford, Gwinnett County.
"I mailed in my absentee ballot request form on October 22, but my ballot never arrived. The Secretary of State's website records that my application was received and my ballot was issued on October 25. At first, I assumed there had been some sort of mistake. But since Election Day, I've heard from several friends who never received their ballots. My experience and this election as a whole has brought back difficult memories from 2014, when my father ran for U.S. House of Representatives. I experienced firsthand how corruption and dirty tactics can obstruct voting and leave would-be voters disillusioned with the political process. But Stacey Abrams' campaign had given me so much hope that my state could change – I'm so sad and frustrated that I didn't get to vote." - Emily Johnson, Chatham County.
"I re-registered to vote in the spring. Despite that fact, when I went to vote I was told I was no longer registered because I didn't vote in the last two election cycles. At my polling location in Fulton, I was also told that I wasn't eligible for a provisional ballot. That didn't sound right to me, so I drove to my county registrar's office. After a long wait, I was told that I COULD vote provisionally, and that my vote would be counted. I never experienced any trouble voting in Georgia until Brian Kemp took office. No one should have to go through what I did to exercise their right to vote." - Eugenia Willingham, Fulton County.
Abrams Campaign Manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo: "Almost a week after Election Day, we find ourselves in the not unfamiliar place of place of having to advocate for the representation and rights of Georgia voters who were not seen or heard in this election — an election overseen by #GAGov candidate and recent Secretary of State Brian Kemp. So here’s what we know: Georgia voters were confronted at the voting booth by widespread irregularities, which were reported by multiple media outlets. Insufficient machines, long lines, confused poll workers, conflicting and arbitrary guidance that varied widely by county — none of it designed to make voting easy or simple for millions of eligible Georgia voters. But we’ve come to expect — although not to accept — such activity from Brian Kemp, who is the architect of some of the greatest voter suppression tactics this country has seen in recent years." READ: "How we found 30,823 additional Georgia votes…and why we’re still counting" bit.ly/Count-Every-Vote (link in bio) #CountEveryVote
"I am a cattle farmer and I currently live in Portugal. I requested an absentee ballot for the November 6th election. I successfully requested and submitted my ballot application, and then mailed my ballot back on October 22nd. However, my ballot was never received, even though I mailed it back the exact same way I mailed my ballot application. My vote was not counted." - Alice, Dekalb County.
"If we don’t tell our stories out loud, no one else will know they are not alone. My name is JaKayla and I'm a freshman at Albany State. This was my first time voting. I wanted to vote early, but as a student without a car, I was told to wait because there would be a polling place on campus on Election Day. When I went to vote on Election Day, I was told I had to vote by 'provisional ballot' – then I found out that there were two polling locations on the campus. I asked if I needed to go to the other polling place to vote and was told 'NO.' I just needed to fill out a provisional ballot. My grandmother called the Secretary of State's office and began to ask questions, but they provided no answers. All they would say is 'I can’t answer that,' or 'I don’t know.' So we called and reported everything to the Voter Protection Hotline. There were tons of students who had to fill out provisional ballots. My roommate, who registered to vote at the same time I did, was told she couldn’t vote, period. They wouldn’t give her a provisional ballot. They told her she was still registered in her hometown of Savannah. All votes matter, and all votes should be counted, whether they're from first time voters, college students, anybody. A lot of people had similar experiences, and they are telling their families and friends. It's time to speak out. People need to know that these are real experiences. Our nation needs to know." - JaKayla, Dougherty County.
"While I voted early in person, I decided to spend some time volunteering at Pittman Park on Election Day to provide umbrellas for people in the rain going to vote, and ended up staying until polls closed. My friend Luck came out at 8:30AM, letting me know that she had shown up at 6:45 to vote, and that it took almost two hours for her to vote because there were too few machines given the number of people voting. At 11:25, five more voting machines showed up. Jesse Jackson and volunteers came to bring food and coffee for the long lines, and volunteers stuck around all day. One neighbor counted 13 people between them and the next person they knew when they got into line. Two hours later, there were only two people between them by the time they voted – 11 people had left the line in just that small section due to the wait. The line was 200 people deep at its longest points. Even though we picked up an additional five machines, we never received the support staff to help get voters to machines faster. Sometimes there would only be one or two machines being used out of eight because of a shortage of cards and workers. The poll workers were never able to take a break, even to eat food or drink water. They sat in place and worked all day until 9:30pm, when the last voter finally voted – they were incredible. Because the lines were so long, hundreds of people came and left without being able to vote." - Angel Poventud.
"I voted at the Ponce De Leon Library for the past thirteen years, and then was redistricted and voted for the first time at the Butler Street Baptist Church. The problem was that there were only two people checking voters in, which created a huge bottleneck and drastically slowed things down. There were 15-20 largely vacant electronic voting machines because people were not being checked-in in a timely manner. I waited nearly two hours to vote, and saw people leaving because the lines were too long." - Danny Greeson, Atlanta.
"I moved to Georgia this past summer and I'm a new Georgia voter. I registered by paper, but when I went to vote early in Fulton, the poll workers said they couldn’t find my name in the system. The poll manager also couldn’t find me—but the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page showed that I was registered. The poll manager said I could vote a provisional ballot, or provide different photo ID. At the end of the day, I was able to present a passport card and vote successfully. But what if I didn't have a passport card? What if I had stopped fighting?" - Surabhi Beriwal. Thousands of registered Georgia voters have been disenfranchised. We will not stop fighting until every Georgian who cast a ballot has their ballot counted. If you voted by mail, on a "provisional" (paper) ballot, or experienced difficulties voting in person, please call the Voter Protection Hotline immediately: 1 888 730 5816.
I am fighting to make sure our democracy works for and represents everyone who has ever put their faith in it. I am fighting for every Georgian who cast a ballot with the promise that their vote would count. Yesterday, I met with Tate, Cassandra, Nedghie, Angel, Surabhi, Delaney, Cazembe, Amari, and Arnaud – Georgia voters from all walks of life who experienced difficulty casting their ballots or helped those who were having trouble. Whether they were first time voters, volunteers, or elected officials, they all felt dismayed and disillusioned by a democracy whose hurdles and failures made it nearly impossible to vote. Some were only able to vote through tenacity and sheer force of will. Many were left voiceless altogether. And they are not alone. Over the last few days, our Voter Protection Hotline has heard countless stories of Georgia voters who fought for their right to vote, but for whatever reason, were prevented from casting their ballot. We heard stories from voters who took time off work to vote, only to be turned away at their assigned polling precinct and every polling place they visited. Students and military service members who requested absentee ballots, but their ballots never arrived or their completed ballots were "lost in the mail." First time voters and long-time voters whose names were "no longer on the list." Their voices deserve to be heard. They deserve justice. And that is why we will continue this fight. Make no mistake: Our democracy should work for all of us, regardless of political leanings, race, income, or region. Voting is a right, not a privilege. It is fundamental to our democracy and to our Georgia, and I will fight every single day until our government – a government of the people, by the people, and for the people – works for all of us.
"I live in DeKalb County, but I am currently attending graduate school in Boston, so I requested an absentee ballot for the General Election. Despite requesting my absentee ballot weeks in advance and following up with DeKalb's Board of Election's office, I never received my absentee ballot. Like thousands of Georgians, I was denied my constitutional right to vote. I find it disconcerting that so many anecdotes of Georgians being unable to vote have come out during Brian Kemp's tenure as Secretary of State." - Nedghie Adrien. We will not stop fighting until every Georgian who cast a ballot has their ballot counted. If you voted by mail or on a "provisional" (paper) ballot, call the Voter Protection Hotline immediately to make sure your vote is counted: 1 888 730 5816.