The University of Georgia has reversed itself and now says it wants to host an early voting precinct on campus after receiving widespread push-back.
The change in position came after the university had announced it would not allow voting to take place in the typical location in the student center because of concerns about COVID-19 transmission.
UGA Votes, the group seeking to host an on-campus precinct, said Wednesday that it had proposed using Stegeman Coliseum, but that after initial approval by the athletics department, using the basketball arena as a site was “ultimately deemed infeasible.”
But by Thursday, after a social media outcry, the university said it had offered the arena to local and state officials as an early voting site.
“We look forward to working with state and local election officials to facilitate on-campus voting in this indoor venue, which is large enough to support safe social distancing,” the university said in a statement.