In Georgia, voter suppression is “death by a million cuts,” said Jerry Gonzalez, the CEO of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, an organization which aims to mobilize Georgia’s Latino electorate. From the long lines associated with the 2020 primary election to the 158 counties that don’t offer ballots in a Spanish language, there are multiple barriers to entry for a citizen to submit their ballot.
Georgia’s Secretary of State has a different message for those who are talking about voter suppression. “There has never been easier voting in Georgia,” said Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a press conference on Oct. 26.
Even so, organizations such as GALEO, Fair Fight and the Black Male Voter Project are working to fight voter suppression by informing and mobilizing voters in a state with a known history of voter disenfranchisement. By actively filing lawsuits against the state, GALEO is working on ensuring that Latino voters have equal access to the ballots. The Black Male Voter Project is actively working against who voter suppression methods originally disenfranchised by mobilizing more Black men.
By informing voters of Georgia’s voter I.D. laws, Fair Fight at UGA works to make sure students know that their vote is counted. “It’s vital that you do everything that you can to make sure that it does [count],” said Grace Hall, president of Fair Fight at UGA.