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Investigation launched due to Georgia voting disasters in Black precincts

Black Voters (Photo Credit: Rolling Out)

When New York Yankees baseball legend Yogi Berra coined the funny phrase “it’s déjà vu all over again,” he must have seen been looking into the future at the Georgia election process.

For the second time in three years, voting precincts in counties that house predominantly Black and minority voters encountered extremely long lines, broken machines and lack of available ballots. The Georgia secretary of state has launched an investigation to look into the debacle, CBS News reports.

The same thing happened in 2018 when former state representative Stacey Abrams nearly became the first African American governor in Georgia history. But she and her supporters believe that voting irregularities in majority-minority precincts derailed her aspirations to defeat current Gov. Brian Kemp, who won by a very slim margin. Kemp was, not coincidentally, in charge of the state election process as the former secretary of state, inciting charges of corruption and conflict of interest.

CBS News reported that Abrams called the 2018 gubernatorial election “rotten and rigged.”

Abrams and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed exasperation at the comedy of errors at the voting polls in the Atlanta-area counties of Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett — counties that house the highest concentration of Blacks and other minorities in the state, by far.

A little later, Bottoms implored her constituents to retain their resolve to vote.

Abrams was not moved by current Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, who admitted there were many problems at “certain precincts” in both Fulton and DeKalb counties.

“My office has opened an investigation to determine what these counties need to do to resolve these issues before November’s election,” Raffensperger said in a statement that was obtained by CBS News.

Abrams, who is reportedly under consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential nominee, angrily penned in a tweet that “Georgians deserve better.”