About 40 African American senior citizens in Georgia were made to get off a bus that was taking them to vote, after government officials were made aware of the planned outing.
> The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.
> A county clerk had called the senior center raising concerns about allowing the bus to take residents from the senior center in the city of Louisville, south of Augusta.
> “We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown said Tuesday. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”
Monday was the first day of early voting in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
> Black Voters Matter is a nonpartisan group encouraging African-Americans to vote in the election, but the county government considered the event political because Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Evans helped organize it, County Administrator Adam Brett said in a statement.
> “Jefferson County administration felt uncomfortable with allowing senior center patrons to leave the facility in a bus with an unknown third party,” Brett said. “No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote.”
After exiting the bus, the seniors got into a county van, courtesy of the senior center, and were told they would be taken to vote.
But then they were told to exit the van as well, with senior center staff saying it was too close to lunchtime to make the trip, and the individuals could vote on another day, according to AJC.