Georgia's controversial election overhaul bill signed into law

Friday, 26 Mar, 2021

The law also reduces the timeframe in which runoff elections are held, including the amount of early voting for runoffs.

Manchin said there are provisions of the "For the People Act" he likes, noting the changes aimed at increasing voter access for individuals, "especially those who have traditionally not been able to participate".

In 43 states across the country, GOP lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person and Election Day voting with such constraints as stricter ID requirements, limited hours or narrower eligibility to vote absentee, according to data compiled as of February 19 by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice. 202-which incorporates elements of separate voter suppression measures that state lawmakers are considering-brings a step closer to enactment what civil rights activists have described as one of the worst legislative attacks since Jim Crow.

McConnell, for his part, said that the federal legislation needs scrutiny, echoing Republican claims that the package represents a federal power grab that Democrats are advancing in an effort to gain an advantage in elections.

Stacey Abrams battles Republican voting fixes.

The four Republicans representing East Cobb in the Georgia House voted in favor of a bill on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to state elections laws. Trump during the presidential campaign said "they had things, levels of voting that if you'd ever agreed to it, you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again", referencing the push to make reforms to voting prior to the 2020 election to make it safer amid rampant COVID-19 spread.

Georgia's Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed an unpopular 96-page bill that would significantly alter state election laws by imposing more strict voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots, limiting ballot boxes, and giving the GOP legislature the ability to appoint a majority of the state's election board.

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

The Georgia law will make it a misdemeanor crime to give food or drinks to voters waiting in long lines. The bills appear to be a response to the barrage of unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud promoted by then-President Donald Trump, and parroted by his allies, during the 2020 presidential election.

In many races, absentee votes went overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates, while Republicans did better with advanced and election-day in-person voting. MI voters demonstrated they want our elections to be accessible in 2018 when they enshrined new voting rights in our state constitution, and again in 2020 when millions exercised those new rights. It would instead mandate two Saturdays of early voting ahead of general elections, when only one is now mandatory, and leave two Sundays as optional. It also allows the board to remove and replace county election officials deemed to be underperforming.

Early versions of the legislation sought to limit Sunday voting, which would have curtailed traditional "Souls to the Polls" voter turnout programs popular in Black churches. But the prospects of the bills he promoted Thursday becoming law is distant, for now, as Republicans are broadly opposed to majority and the Senate is narrowly divided 50-50.

Democrats have discussed lowering that 60-vote threshold to get the legislation passed and some are pushing for it to happen now.

"'We want to provide opportunities for people to vote, '" she said, echoing Republican descriptions of the measure.

"We took them at his word", he said of Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. "This is big, what they're trying to do", Biden said.