Yesterday’s Wheeling News-Register editorial, “Reconsider Harsh ADA Enforcement,” mentions nothing about voter suppression choosing to blame the Americans with Disabilities Act for closing seven of nine voting sites because a consultant warned that these polling places were not ADA compliant.
What the editorial does not tell us: the November election will include the election of a new Georgia governor, the county is majority black, and ADA compliance was not a problem in all seven counties. As opposed to our local Ogden papers which provided no news stories about the Georgia voting issue, most national news sources provided additional background. The New York Times, for instance, summarized the November gubernatorial race that will be featured on the Georgia ballot:
It pits a Democrat who would be Georgia’s first black chief executive against a white Republican who has been called a “master of voter suppression” by his political opponents.
The two candidates, Mr. Kemp and Ms. Abrams, have squared off over voting rights before. As secretary of state, Mr. Kemp has overseen Georgia’s elections since 2010. He is a fervent fan of President Trump, who has made numerous baseless claims about voter fraud.
Kemp is certainly controversial on this issue:
For years, Mr. Kemp’s critics in Georgia, including Ms. Abrams, have accused him of supporting policies that adversely affect minority voters and contravene federal law. They also say he has conducted overzealous investigations of voter registration groups, including one founded by Ms. Abrams. The state’s Democratic Party has called on him to resign his current office in order to ensure an impartial election. . . .
In 2014, he was recorded encouraging a Republican group to register like-minded voters, and warning them that Democrats were “working hard” to register “all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines.”
However, the Times does provide Kemp's side of the story:
Mr. Kemp has insisted that he had nothing to do with the plan to close polling places in Randolph County, and wrote to the county advising it not to go ahead with the plan.
None of this is mentioned in the editorial and while it did support the decision of the election board to reject the closings, it was the only editorial (other than the other Ogden papers which ran the same editorial) that I could find which focused on ADA compliance as the problem. I guess that the voter suppression issue is not a problem for Ogden papers. I wonder why?