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Georgia League Of Women Voters Discusses Voter Access, History Of Disenfranchisement

Susannah Scott, president of the Georgia League of Women Voters, reflects on Super Tuesday on the future of the organization and the role women will play this election year.
Susannah Scott, president of the Georgia League of Women Voters, reflects on Super Tuesday on the future of the organization and the role women will play this election year.
Credit Lisa Rayam / WABE

The National League of Women Voters recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in the heat of the 2020 presidential primaries.

That also means acknowledging a less-fortunate part of the organization’s history, said Susannah Scott, president of the Georgia League of Women Voters.

“In order to achieve the 19th Amendment, white suffragists left a lot of black suffragists to the wayside in order to move forward,” Scott said.

“And we have to acknowledge that past and make sure we’re doing everything we can to make sure that all citizens — regardless of race, color, religion — have access.”

Voter suppression, historic disenfranchisement and making the polls accessible for all communities are issues that have been swept into political discourse during this supercharged election year.

Much of the conversation surrounding voter suppression has been pushed by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, the former gubernatorial candidate who lost the 2018 race for governor and founded Fair Fight Action from the ashes of her campaign. 

“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam sat down with Scott to discuss the future of the league on Super Tuesday, one of the most crucial days when the most delegates will be allotted to presidential candidates.