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Biden calls new GOP-passed Georgia law restricting voting access an 'atrocity'

Kemp Raffensperger respond to criticism of new voting law State Kemp Raffensperger respond to criticism of new voting law Gov. Brian Kemp
Kristine Garrett | 27 March, 2021, 02:55

Kemp said he offered no apology for "taking another step to making our elections fair and secure" but opponents describe the law as among the country's most damaging attempts to limit access to the ballot box and created to reduce the influence of Black voters. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed sweeping changes to the state's election rules into law.

Georgia Democrats, as well as Biden, called the effort a revival of "Jim Crow" laws used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to repress the political and economic power of African Americans.

The bill is probably best understood as a compromise worked out between the two wings of the Georgia GOP: Trump loyalists who claim to believe loose voting rules "stole" Georgia for Biden and two Senate seats for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock; and those including Kemp and secretary of state Brad Raffensperger who don't buy the stolen election rap but still favor voter suppression as a way to improve their party's odds in a closely contested state.

"The symbolism is no accident", he added. "If they want to honor Dr. King, stand up against voter suppression", said Warnock.

"There's no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled and those problems, understandably, led to the crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia". Biden was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992. "I'd love to say I'm the last, but we know that isn't true. #SB202", Cannon wrote on Twitter.

Democrats in Washington have introduced federal legislation to strengthen the right to vote and challenge state restrictions.

-They've eliminated (or at least supplemented) the extremely problematic signature-matching process that sees tons of absentee ballots thrown out every election, but replaced it with much stricter identification requirements that will make it harder for people to vote by mail. The Democrat-controlled House has passed the bill and now it awaits action in the Senate, where the party's margin over Republicans is too slim to guarantee passage.

The affidavit states that Cannon was charged with disrupting General Assembly session because she "knowingly and intentionally did by knocking the governor's door during session of singing [sic] a bill". She was then forcibly removed from the state Capitol by two officers and surrounded by more while repeatedly identifying herself as a legislator, and was placed into a police vehicle.

Cannon was released shortly before 11:30 p.m. EDT, and was greeted by demonstrators who had called for her release.

"Georgians turned out in record-breaking numbers because they could access the ballot", Burnough said.

That last element of the legislation, which now heads to the state Senate, was viewed as particularly alarming by local voting rights activists who are warning of a far-reaching and deeply undemocratic Republican power-grab. "Lies upon lies were told about our elections in response, and now this bill is before us built on those same lies". If signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, the legislation would remove the elected secretary of state as chair of the state election board and give lawmakers major influence over the key body's operations.

Republican lawmakers in other states are engaged in similar efforts to exert more control over election boards that are supposed to be nonpartisan, as the New York Times reported Wednesday. "In Iowa, the GOP has installed harsh new criminal penalties for county election officials who enact emergency voting rules".

The law also reduces the timeframe in which runoff elections are held, including the amount of early voting for runoffs. He said that at a future election his church will dare the police to arrest someone giving water to an elderly person waiting to vote.

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