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Georgia town sending police to homes of Blacks to challenge voting rights

 Black Voters (Photo Credit: Rolling Out)

Black voters (Photo credit: rolling out)

In a small Georgia town the battle over suppression of the Black vote has taken a turn that borders on the Gestapo tactics of Nazi Germany. Police officers in the town of Sparta are actually going to the homes of mostly Black residents to challenge their voting registration information. The move comes at the direction of the Hancock County Board of Elections and Registration.

So far, an estimated 180 Black residents have had police come to their home with summonses commanding them to appear in person to prove their residence or lose their voting rights. According to demographic records, these residents make up one-fifth of the registered voters in the town. The attorney for Hancock County Barry Fleming claims that the policies are meant to bring order to the voting process after a period of corruption. He stated to media, “The allegations that people were denied the right to vote are the opposite of the truth. This is probably more about politics and power than race.”

A Sparta election official identified as Marion Warren is quoted as saying, “A lot of those people that was challenged probably didn’t vote, even though they weren’t proven to be wrong…People just do not understand why a sheriff is coming to their house to bring them a subpoena, especially if they haven’t committed any crime.”

Black voter suppression in Georgia has a long history that dates back to the days of Jim Crow segregation laws. But it is not only Georgia that has come under scrutiny over attempts to dilute the Black vote. Throughout the South, new voter ID laws have placed an undue burden on many Black and elderly voters. In addition, there has been a move by many states to either eliminate or shorten early voting for crucial elections. Many of these actions took place after the election of President Barack Obama and are viewed as a direct reaction to suppress Black voting power.


  1. Sol Rothstein on August 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Let’s be honest…

    THE BLACK FOLKS in Sparta, are just plain dumb. They will always get played, because they don’t educate themselves.

    • Alicia Lee on August 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Why do you comment so much on black people all around the world ? I see your ignorant comments on almost every article on this page, almost everyday. If you dislike us so much, think we’re so stupid, and aren’t worth anything, do us a favor and ignore us. Won’t you show your real face on your profile pic, Solomon, and not the pic of a young scantly clad woman who I’m sure you’ve never seen.

      • Fiona on August 5, 2016 at 5:32 pm

        Cause he like ME loves to read about the dumb crap ya’ll blame on anyone but your own selves!. It only shows ignorance to blame it all on whites. Obama thankfully is about gone. The world will revert to Presidents that don’t side with thugs!.

        • Alicia Lee on August 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

          I’m glad to know you’ve met every black person and know that we all blame everything on everyone else and NONE of US take anything that happens to our own account. I don’t recall ever meeting you though, can you tell me when this happenened?

          Obama didn’t side with any thugs, as I recall he called out thugs on more than one occasion for their wrong doing like those that destroyed things during the protesting of senseless violence as of recent happenings. That did happen, if you watched the news. And i’m sure again that all black people aren’t thugs, thanks for your thoughts however.

          This story however doesn’t relate to thugs or black people blaming white people for anything. This story calls out obvious racism where people are being harassed at their homes and challenged on their residential status to try to suppress votes from that group of the population, i’m assuming so that a particular candidate won’t be able to win the election as they may be assuming that she/he is going to win if that group is able to cast their votes.

          Oh, Fiona, one more thing, we have had and will have way worse presidents than Pres. Obama. I’m sure if you ran for any elected position, you couldn’t do half of what any of them have done. 🙂

          • Whiteguy on December 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

            “If I had a son he would look like Tryvon”…..

          • Alicia Lee on December 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

            I hope you don’t have any kids, actually! And you misspelled his name, dear!

          • Whiteguy on December 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm

            Whites cannot come up with the crazy spelled black names.

          • Alicia Lee on December 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

            Actually, Trayvon is quite phonetically accurate if you just tried. As many of them are but those lovely white last names must make sense to you. You must also struggle with other people names from other cultures. You should get out and meet new friends.

          • Whiteguy on December 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

            New friends sure but not from other cultures. No need for that.

            Tell me, what do blacks give to society? What part of my day benefits from being around blacks?

  2. Anastasia Yeager on August 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    The same happened here in Siskiyou County when some Laotian’s exercised their right and registered to vote. California AG Harris was involved but since she’s running to replace Sen. Boxer, I don’t know how seriously she is taking this abuse of power by our Sheriff dept. We’ll see if they get away with this blatant harassment or not.

    • Alicia Lee on August 8, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I’m sorry to hear that and hope it is addressed before it is too late and they are called out on it.