NBA legend LeBron James took to Twitter last weekend and he slammed the state of Kentucky. The 3-time league champion posted on Saturday: “Said it last week about GA. This is SYSTEMIC RACISM and OPPRESSION. So angry man. #BlackLivesMatter #MoreThanaVote”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2020
James quoted a tweet from journalist Ari Berman which told, “Kentucky cutting number of polling places for Tuesday’s primary from 3700 to 200 There will be one polling place for 616,000 registered voters in Louisville’s Jefferson County, where half state’s black voters live This is going to be a disaster.”
That linked to an article from The Washington Post titled, “Kentucky braces for possible voting problems in Tuesday’s primary amid signs of high turnout.” That includes Fayette, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
As the Courier-Journal reported:
Kentucky’s most populous counties will not have to offer more than one polling location on Tuesday’s primary elections, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
In a joint statement Thursday evening, state Rep. Jason Nemes and Louisville Metro Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey, a Democrat representing the council’s 3rd District who filed a motion to intervene to join the plaintiffs, said that “we regret that the Court did not order more polling locations to open across the county.” The plaintiffs will not appeal the decision.
While U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III wrote in his ruling: “While it may seem intuitive that, when it comes to polling places, more is better, that is not a call for this Court to make, unless we first find a constitutional or statutory violation.”
“We believe the judge disregarded evidence from our expert witness that one location will suppress the vote, particularly among African Americans,” Nemes and Dorsey declared. “After much consideration, we have decided not to appeal the ruling prior to the election because we don’t want to put our community into confusion over where to vote this close to Election Day.”
Plus added, “We will, however, closely watch what happens on Election Day. We hope we are wrong and that there are no problems in voting. But if there are major concerns with the election, we will fight as hard as we can to ensure that similar problems don’t recur during the general election in November.”