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University of Georgia to allow football -- but not in-person voting -- this fall

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 09: A Georgia Bulldogs flag is seen during a game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Student groups and state politicians are criticizing the University of Georgia for not allowing in-person voting on campus this fall.

(CNN)Student groups and state politicians are criticizing the University of Georgia for not allowing in-person voting on campus this fall.

The university was unable to find a suitable location to host early voting on campus, according to an announcement Wednesday by the non-partisan student-run voter registration group UGAVotes.

In August, the university unveiled a plan to allow up to 23,000 fans to attend home football games, a detail critics have seized on in the wake of the on-campus voting decision.

"From the student perspective, it's definitely disappointing to see UGA prioritize football games, and just how long and hard they've been working to get those in the works and get to a good point where everyone is comfortable," said Juliet Eden, a senior and the communications director of Fair Fight UGA, a division of the voting rights group founded by former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

In-person voting occurred on UGA's campus for both the 2016 presidential election and for the 2018 midterm elections.

The announcement caught the attention of a number of Georgia politicians, including Democratic Senate nominee Jon Ossoff, who tweeted, "I urge UGA to reverse course immediately and provide students with safe, on-campus Early Voting!"

Fair Fight UGA created a petition asking the school to change its decision, and Abrams shared it, tweeting, "#COVID19 must never be used as an excuse to limit voting access, including on college campuses. " Within a few hours, more than 600 people had signed.

"If we can have football, we should have voting, too," Fair Fight UGA tweeted Wednesday.

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