University of Georgia defends decision to allow football but not voting on campus

University of Georgia defends decision to allow football but not voting on campus
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The University of Georgia is defending a decision to go ahead with football but not on-campus voting.

“Those comparing this matter to a football game should be able to recognize that football games will be played outdoors but we will still require social distancing by substantially reducing capacity in the stadium,” the university said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We have eliminated tailgating as well due to a desire to keep the campus as safe as possible and limit visitors during the pandemic. Students will still be able to vote at other locations, including one in downtown Athens, to which the University will provide a shuttle service for student voters,” the school added.

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Former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called on the university to retain voting access.

“Early voting at @universityofga has increased opportunity for participation among students in the past, and they should be safely given the same access this year,” she tweeted.

The university reported last week that 421 people had tested positive on campus, according to The Washington Post. Overall, 3,081 people have tested positive since campus reopened Aug. 10.

President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE has vocally called for the full return of college football during the ongoing pandemic and hailed the announcement this week that the Big Ten Conference will resume play in late October. ABC News reported Thursday morning that the Trump administration offered the conference enough kits to test players daily for COVID-19 in an effort to jump-start its delayed season.