“How ironic! Michel[l]e Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb” is how Georgia State Senator Fran Millar began his comment railing against a move to allow early voting in a predominately Black neighborhood.
“Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election,” he wrote. He continued, “…this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist.”
Millar went on to call the decision to allow the voting a “blatantly partisan move.”
“Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens?” he asked. “If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.”
Of course, many blasted Millar’s comments, but the Republican didn’t back down. He went to his Facebook page with the defense that he has an award from the DeKalb NAACP. He also explained that he doesn’t think churches shouldn’t be involved in the election process “except as polling locations” and that he would “prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters.”