Georgia county elections board keeps polls open

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Election officials have scrapped a widely condemned proposal to eliminate most of the polling places in a majority black Georgia county.

The elections board said it voted Friday against the plan that would close seven of nine voting locations in the rural county.

County officials say an independent consultant had recommended the consolidation to save money. That consultant has been fired.

The consultant had said during public meetings that the seven polling places slated for closure don't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. But critics raised questions about the timing during a hotly contested race in which Democrat Stacey Abrams is seeking to become Georgia's first black governor.

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