Accusations Of Voter Suppression In A Historic Context
Early voting ends this Friday in Georgia. Accusations of voter suppression have landed Georgia in the national spotlight.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office faces multiple lawsuits for rejecting voter applications. Last week, a judge ruled state elections officials cannot reject absentee mail-in ballots if signatures do not match those on file.
We spoke to ProPublica's Jessica Huseman and Savannah State's Allynne Owens about the history of voter suppression and how to spot it as citizens today."On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott speaks with Jessica Huseman and Allynne Owens on voter suppression.
Huseman oversees the collaborative reporting project called Electionland. ProPublica works with over 100 partners, including GPB, to report on election issues across the country.
She said it's important for partners to report solutions for voters in addition to potential problems. If not, she said reporters "can really stoke flames" and convince people they should not head to the polls.
Owens said the recent history of the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder is important to understanding the ways states now oversee elections.
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