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Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood had a meeeting with the Buckhead Young Republicans in June. During the meeting, Norwood asked atteendees to not record the conversation. Norwood claimed that she had information that Kasim Reed’s campaign used illegal voters to gain victory during the 2009 election, in a.

Norwood claimed that Reed’s campaign found voters who once lived in housing projects or abandoned homes and bused them to voting booths in Atlanta.

“It’s a lot harder to drive a van with six felons, you know guys who are going to commit felonies by voting illegally, if somebody’s watching,” she told the Republicans.

“So what happened was, they knocked on the door Saturday night, and said, ‘Jimmy Johnson, you are out here in Mableton, and we are glad for you. And you’re getting money from the government. But you’re still registered on Henry Thomas Drive. And we just need you to come back in on Tuesday and vote on Henry Thomas Drive,” Norwood said during the meeting with Young Republicans. 

Terms such as “public housing,” “section 8,” and “inner city” are often used as ways to describe Black people or Black areas. Norwood also called those individuals “felons” although there was no evidence that a crime had been committed or that there was an attempt to commit a crime.

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