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Learning To Use New Ga. Voting Machines, Women Prepare For Their Critical Role In 2020 Election

In Atlanta, women from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. get a lesson on using Georgia's new voting machines Sunday. Women -- specifically minority women -- have emerged as a key voting bloc, according to Fortune magazine.
In Atlanta, women from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. get a lesson on using Georgia's new voting machines Sunday. Women -- specifically minority women -- have emerged as a key voting bloc, according to Fortune magazine.
Credit Lisa Rayam / WABE

On Sunday afternoon, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gathered in the cafeteria at Mount Pisgah High School in North Fulton to learn how to operate Georgia’s new voting machines.

Representatives from Fulton County gave a step-by-step demonstration on how the new machines will be used to cast ballots in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Women learn how the new voting machines in Georgia work
Representatives from Fulton County gave members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. a demonstration on how the new Georgia voting machines work. (Lisa Rayam/WABE)

Some members of the Phi Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha called it a simple lesson that’s extremely important because women, specifically minority women, have emerged as a key voting bloc, according to Fortune magazine.

In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau reports, nationwide, 55% of eligible black women voters cast ballots in November 2018 — 6 percentage points above the national average — and predicts minority women will become an even stronger force heading into the 2020 presidential election.

Kelvin Jones is Fulton County’s lead trainer for voter education outreach for Fulton County. He spent the afternoon teaching and fielding questions from “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam about the critical role of women during this election cycle.