Kemp, Raffensperger respond to criticism of new voting law

Saturday, 27 Mar, 2021

He urged Congress to pass Democratic legislation to protect voting rights and pledged to "take my case to the American people".

"Obviously, we are interested in how Georgia laws will affect the work and operation of the local elections we provide", said Smiley. "Both sides of the political spectrum have been clamoring for changes to Georgia election laws for a while, and this bill is not a "knee-jerk" reaction to the November election".

"Sick... despicable", President Joe Biden said Thursday after Georgia Republicans pushed through new limits on voting activities in the wake of Democratic successes in the state, helped greatly by African-American voters.

Behind the chorus of outrage, Democrats are also wrestling with the limits on their power in Washington, as long as Senate filibuster rules allow Republicans to block major legislation, including H.R. 1, a sweeping elections bill now pending in the Senate.

The new rules on absentee voting, which Biden described as "rigid", require voters to submit the number on their driver's license or other state ID card to apply for an absentee ballot and submit one of those numbers or the last four digits of their Social Security number on the outer envelope of their absentee ballot for the ballot to count.

"I am convinced that we'll be able to stop this, because it is the most pernicious thing".

"What's happening in Georgia right now, underscores the importance and the urgency", said Sen.

In a Reuters/Ipsos poll in February, 62% of Republicans said they were "very concerned" that elections were tainted by ineligible people casting votes. "There is nothing "Jim Crow" about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot - every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person", Kemp said in a statement. "They are choking what makes us distinct and unique on the planet Earth".

The text of the new law says that looser voting practices during the pandemic gave rise to a barrage of fraud claims leading in turn to "a significant lack of confidence in Georgia election systems".

With opposition gathering outside his office, Gov. Brian Kemp signed new voting restrictions into law Thursday less than an hour after they passed the General Assembly. Her charges carry a penalty of up to five years in prison. She was released from jail late Thursday.

Other efforts are also underway, including from former first lady Michelle Obama, via the nonpartisan celebrity "When We All Vote" organization. State troopers handcuffed her and led her away. He's well aware that this fight may go on for a while.

Military and overseas voters will use ranked-choice absentee ballots to rank all possible candidates before a primary or general election, allowing their preferences to be determined in any possible runoff. "We just need the Democrats in the Senate to stand up".

"Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can't cast their vote after their shift is over".

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, earlier this month signed a GOP bill that closes voting sites at 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m., shortens the window for early voting window by nine days, imposes new restrictions on mail and absentee voting, and threatens civil fines and criminal charges against local officials who depart from state election law or guidance.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said her party was prepared to defend the law in court, and she accused Democrats of misconstruing its effects.

Despite those Democratic wins, the state's government is controlled by the Republicans. "By this bill being signed into law, we ensure elections are fair, accurate and secure".

"Jim Crow 2.0 is represented in that picture", Georgia lawmaker Donna McLeod told CNN.