Georgia Senate set to take up raft of voting legislation

Clay Curtis
March 12, 2021

The Georgia bill passed Monday restricts absentee voting to senior citizens over age 65, those who have a physical disability, or those who are out of town on Election Day.

Before we address the bill directly, some context: Because some people in the state's urban areas must often wait in long lines to cast ballots, voting rights groups and other volunteers have served pizza, chips, hot chocolate, and other food to keep people comfortable and prevent them from leaving before they vote.

He further criticized arguments from Republicans that "selectively referenced a report prepared by a 2005 commission that I co-chaired with former Secretary of State James Baker".

"Now, as our state legislators seek to turn back the clock through legislation that will restrict access to voting for many Georgians, I am disheartened, saddened, and angry", he continued.

There are now something like 200 bills around the country attempting to make voting more like getting vaccinated.

Spokesmen for Reynolds did not immediately respond to a message.

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The bill passed through committee unanimously and officials believe it will likely be passed by the Senate to become state law.

Bill Groth, an attorney representing voters named in the lawsuit, said even though the 2020 election is over, his clients are still seeing their constitutional rights infringed by in law.

A spokesman for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller declined to comment.

Michael Tyler, a spokesman for the group, added that it is hoping to clarify that while "there has been a change of leadership at the federal level, in order to secure lasting justice, people have to maintain a sense of engagement at the local and state level year in and year out".

"My office will continue providing resources to help every eligible Iowan be a voter and understand any changes in election law. Our goal always should be to increase, not decrease, voter participation". It said the law instead imposes undue and unjustified burdens on minority, elderly and disabled voters and those with chronic health conditions, who work multiple jobs, and who lack access to reliable transportation or consistent mail service. The campaign will include branded content featuring athletes and artists and a digital organizing campaign aimed at shining a light on this new wave of voter suppression in an attempt to stop it in its tracks.

"Younger voters thus have less opportunity to vote than older voters", Groth said. The state legislature is also considering measures that would strengthen voter ID requirements for absentee voters, limit the number of available ballot drop boxes and require those drop boxes to be inside early voting locations, ban nonprofits from funding elections, and more. "We feel that they're wrong and of course we also feel that it's unconstitutional", he said. In a written statement, the governor said the new law gives Iowans even greater confidence to cast their ballots. Iowa was one of the first states to enact new laws.

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