|NAACP to examine Election Day problems|
|Written by Valerie J. Morgan|
The DeKalb NAACP is asking voters who had problems or witnessed them on Election Day to share that information with the organization.
DeKalb is assisting the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP in gathering data about voting irregularities and suppression activities in DeKalb and throughout the state.
“We have to challenge and strengthen the system where it’s needed,” said John Evans, president of the DeKalb NAACP. “The information will be used to determine future action to ensure that voting is conducted properly.”
Evans said the Georgia State NAACP plans to compile all information it receives to determine what action is appropriate on the state level.
The data will be shared with the organization’s national office for a comprehensive report.
During the 2008 Presidential Election, the NAACP responded to more than 100,000 calls from voters around the nation who had problems casting their ballots.
Voting in Georgia is of particular concern to the civil rights organization.
NAACP officials say the state had widespread voting problems during the Primary Elections in July.
Calls poured in to the NAACP’s 866-OUR-VOTE hotline from voters in the 4th, 5th, 11th and 13th congressional districts, which include parts of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton and Henry counties.
The majority of callers cited long lines and delays due to insufficient voting machines and problems associated with the enforcement of Georgia’s mandatory voter ID law.
Mississippi is another Southern state the NAACP is monitoring closely.
An unknown number of voter registrations are missing in Hinds County, Mississippi.
The NAACP had held a massive voter registration drive, adding some 10,000 new voters to Hinds County registers. Many of the names, however, were never added to the voter registration database, sparking an outcry on Election Day.
Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson insists the registration forms were turned in before the Oct. 6 deadline and should have been processed in time for the Nov. 6 elections.
The complaint may be faxed to 404-751-2743 or turned in at the DeKalb NAACP’s general membership meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m., at Piedmont Technical College, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston.