Voting rights advocates warn of fresh threats to ballot access in Georgia

(CNN) — Voting rights advocates had warned that controversial elections laws Georgia legislators passed in 2021 would lead to partisan takeovers of local election boards, resulting in a curtailing of Sunday early voting — a popular option among Black churchgoers, a key Democratic constituency.

Those fears collided last week in Spalding County — a rural region south of Atlanta — when a newly reconstituted elections board voted 3-2 to eliminate Sunday early voting in the upcoming election.

The decision “severely restricts an important voting option for all voters in Spalding County, but especially Black voters who have a historic community tradition called ‘Souls to the Polls’ to mobilize and vote on Sundays,” Aklima Khondoker of the New Georgia Project, an organization that works to expand voting access in Georgia, told CNN.

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