Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs sweeping election rule changes into law

Saturday, 27 Mar, 2021

"The irony of Kemp signing this bill - that makes it illegal to give water to voters waiting on the sometimes 10-hour lines that state policies create in mostly Black precincts - under the image of a brutal slave plantation is nearly too much to bear", Bunch wrote.

New Jersey voters would be able to cast their ballots in person up to 10 days before an election under an early voting bill passed by the state Legislature on Thursday.

After being released late Thursday, Rep. Cannon took to Twitter to thank everyone for their support.

Voting rights advocates say For the People, a democracy reform bill passed by the US House of Representatives, can stop state-level voter suppression in its tracks. Protestors are heard repeatedly asking, "Why are you arresting her?" "She was asking where the governor was and where the bill was being signed". He interrupted his televised remarks while Cannon was knocking and later resumed the speech.

It wasn't immediately known if Cannon had a lawyer who could comment.

-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.

In Cobb County, 16 drop boxes were located around the county for absentee ballots.

Biden also voiced his strongest challenge to the legislative filibuster, signaling that he could be persuaded to endorse dramatic changes to the Senate procedure if it impedes the critical pieces of his agenda, potentially including voting rights.

"We're expanding the right to vote in Georgia".

As Mother Jones" Ari Berman explained, the bill would also give the state election board significant power to "take over county election boards it views as underperforming, raising the possibility that elections officials appointed by and beholden to the heavily gerrymandered Republican legislature could take over election operations in Democratic strongholds like Atlanta's Fulton County, where Trump and his allies spread conspiracy theories about "suitcases' of ballots being counted by election officials in November after GOP poll monitors had left". Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff in January.

During his press conference Thursday, President Biden said the new law "makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle".

The bill (S3203) would introduce in-person early voting to the Garden State but must be signed by the governor to become law.

".This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century". It must end. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act.

Previous plans to require an excuse to vote by mail, as well as restrict weekend voting hours primarily used in larger Democratic-leaning counties were scrapped amidst mounting opposition from voting rights groups, Democrats and county elections supervisors.

However, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, around 200,000 Georgia voters lack an ID. To encourage voters to not give up, one woman handed out water bottles from a wagon that also carried her two children.

Griggs questioned whether the felony charge for disruption of the General Assembly could be applied because first and second offenses are misdemeanors, while only third and later offenses are felonies.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, the founder of voting rights group Fair Fight, said in a statement that the law was "blatantly unconstitutional" and "nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0". All charges were dismissed in 2019. The queer-identifying House member arrived to a maelstrom debate over enacting protections for religious freedom in Georgia that opponents said would legalize discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Cannon had another run-in with officers in February.

Video shows Ms Cannon knocking on the governor's door in protest and then being handcuffed and escorted out of the building by two Georgia state troopers.