Media, State News / April 11, 2021

AP: Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

Critics say it’s the voting law that’s political and will disproportionately affect communities of color. Kemp’s news conference was trying to deflect from that, as the governor gears up for next year’s election to try to win a second term, said Aklima Khondoker, state director of the voting rights group, All Voting is Local.

“He’s pivoting away from all of the malicious things that we understand that this bill represents to people of color in Georgia,” she said.

Media, State News / April 5, 2021

Time Magazine: Companies Condemn Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Law Amid Pressure Campaign From Advocates

“It’s not enough to talk the talk; you have to walk the walk,” says Aklima Khondoker, Georgia State Director for All Voting is Local, a national voting rights group. “Call for a repeal of this bill. Call for a ban of all of these provisions. Do that publicly. With their voice it’s going to be incredibly loud and hard to ignore when those corporations speak.”

Media, State News / April 1, 2021

Reuters: Elections officials fear Georgia law could politicize voting operations

Aklima Khondoker, Georgia state director of All Voting is Local, a voting rights group, said she has heard from election officials that some are afraid to criticize a measure that effectively allows state lawmakers to remove them from their jobs.

The law, she said, is “holding our counties hostage.”

Media, State News / March 31, 2021

Raw Story: Georgia Republicans supported voting buses and drop boxes — until Trump and the GOP started losing

Aklima Khondoker, Georgia state director of the voting rights group All Voting Is Local, said the mobile voting ban "reeks of discrimination" against the "most ethnically diverse county in the state."

The law "bans buses for early voting," she tweeted. "Only Fulton County used buses in 2020. This helped thousands of voters cast their ballots, when lines were too long, and county staff were strained for resources. Disallowing them would disenfranchise thousands of black and brown voters."

Media, State News / March 29, 2021

NPR Marketplace “What responsibility do corporations have to weigh in on voting rights?”

“This is directly targeted toward Fulton County, because Fulton County was the only county that had mobile buses,” said Aklima Khondoker, state director for the Georgia chapter of All Voting is Local, a voting rights group.

“If you are interested in what’s in my purse, then you ought to be interested in my ballot access,” Khondoker said.

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