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The Southern Strategy in Coffee County — Olivia Pearson on Trial in Georgia

Olivia Pearson, a city commissioner in Coffee County, GA goes on trial tomorrow for allegedly committing voter fraud during the 2012 election. Pearson, who is African American, is accused of helping a young black woman — a first-time voter — cast her ballot. The trial is a striking example of voter suppression in the American South, the so-called “Southern Strategy” — and part of a pattern of anti-democratic practices spreading across our nation.

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