According to the 2010 results by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 500,000 African Americans in Georgia who were eligible to vote, but were not registered. As recently as March 2016, the New Georgia Project, which is described as “a nonpartisan effort” to register voters, indicated that there are 800,000 African Americans in the state eligible to vote, yet are unregistered. To win an election, it takes much less than the hundreds of thousands of Georgia residents who are not on the voter rolls. That’s the message that Helen Butler, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda stressed when she helped kick off the “Black Votes Matter” initiative by Atlanta radio Stations V103 and WAOK Monday.
A polling station in Cobb County GA on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)