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Why Peanut Gallery? At the end of the 19th century, the Peanut Gallery referred to the people at shows and public forums who sat in the poor and often segregated sections of the balcony or back of room. Considered rowdy, they would throw peanuts at performers or politicians to show how they felt about what was happening. 

The Georgia Peanut Gallery was founded in 2016 by Nse Ufot to shine a light on our Boards of Elections by attending Board of Elections meetings, monitoring their activities and holding them accountable for their actions. The Peanut Gallery Coalition is a non-partisan partnership made up of civil rights organizations and people dedicated to ensuring and promoting fair, transparent, and accessible elections for all Georgians.

The Peanut Gallery recruits and trains volunteers from across the state to monitor and report activities at local county board of elections meetings to ensure that county officials are accountable to the people. The coalition’s mission is to shed light on the decisions that impact voting and elections in Georgia by collecting and publishing board of elections reports and mobilizing advocacy efforts designed to expand, promote, and protect our right to vote.

Through volunteer empowerment, community mobilization, and legal action, the Peanut Gallery combats voter suppression where it starts: at the local level.

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The Georgia Peanut Gallery is an initiative of the New Georgia Project.