Atlanta Officials Await Decision on ‘Stop Cop City’ Petition Signatures

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Invoking a recent court ruling, Atlanta officials declined to validate the tens of thousands of signatures protestors submitted on Monday in an effort to halt the construction of a police and firefighter training complex.

The activists had assembled ecstatically after claiming to have more than 116,000 signatures from Atlantans, considerably more than was required to force a vote on the facility that detractors have called “Cop City.”

Atlanta officials claimed they were legally prohibited from starting the process of authenticating the papers immediately after they started transporting more than a dozen boxes of documentation to the clerk’s office, claiming organizers had missed an Aug. 21 deadline.

A federal judge had earlier extended the deadline to September, but on September 1, an appellate court stopped carrying out that decision, putting the endeavor in limbo legally.

Activists were caught off guard by the city’s most recent action, which further infuriated activists who have accused officials of trying to forcibly push through the project’s construction amid an urban forest.

Around the nation, environmentalists and anti-police demonstrators have protested the facility.

But, a municipal attorney claimed that authorities are simply abiding by the law as they wait for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on the legality of the judge’s deadline extension.

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Atlanta’s Petition Drive

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Invoking a recent court ruling, Atlanta officials declined to validate the tens of thousands of signatures protestors submitted on Monday in an effort to halt the construction of a police and firefighter training complex.

The signature-gathering campaign, the largest in Georgia history, was the culmination of three months of work by hundreds of canvassers dispersed around the city to persuade voters that they should have a say in the project’s fate.

After hours of furious public comment against the proposal, the Atlanta City Council has consistently voted in favor of the $90 million, 85-acre (34-hectare) facility.

The city had previously stated that, until the resident fixes the problem, it intends to carefully review each signature and trash any that do not adhere to the requirements. One of the training center’s leading supporters, Dickens, has stated that he doesn’t think the petition drive will be effective “if it’s done honestly.”

The signer of a petition must be a citizen of the City of Atlanta who has been registered to vote since the 2021 municipal election in order for it to be considered. Forms may also be discarded if the signature on them does not match the one on record with the authorities, a practice that opponents have dubbed “voter suppression.”

58,203 valid signatures are ultimately required, or 15% of registered voters as of the most recent municipal election, according to the organizers. The city, however, claims that none of the forms will be reviewed until it has received a ruling from the appeals court.

Attorneys for the city and state have previously stated in court documents that the attempt to let voters decide the matter is “futile” and “illegal,” and that the state’s referendum procedure does not permit the reversal of the city’s leasing agreement, which is a key component of the project.

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Source: ABC News

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