Exclusive: High Rate of Absentee Ballot Rejection Reeks of Voter Suppression

Pearlie Williams is an elderly black woman who lives in Gwinnett, Georgia’s most diverse county, both racially and economically. Like so many other African Americans who are excited about the possibility of making Democrat Stacey Abrams the first black female governor in US history — but are worried about the reliability of voting machines — she cast an absentee ballot this year.

Her ballot has been rejected — a fate she shares with many other people of color this year…

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This story became national news and was featured on MSNBC. CNN, McClatchy, ProPublica and the Washington Post, among others, picked up on this story as a result of my reporting.