LOUISVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group that encourages African-Americans to vote says about 40 black residents of a senior living center in Georgia were asked to get off a bus taking them to vote.

Jefferson County, which operates the senior center, considered Monday’s event “political activity” that’s not allowed during county-sponsored events, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia.

The senior center director asked the senior residents to get off the bus, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.

“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown told the Atlanta newspaper. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”

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Officials felt uncomfortable allowing senior center patrons to leave in a bus with “an unknown third party,” County Administrator Adam Brett said.

“No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote,” Brett said.

The seniors planned to cast their ballots later, the newspaper reported.

The county is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

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