Governor Quickly Signs New Voting Restrictions

Daniel Fowler
March 26, 2021

Video footage posted online shows Cannon, who represents Georgia's 58th House district, exchanging words with a state trooper standing in front of Kemp's closed office door as the governor moved to grant the omnibus election bill final approval just hours after the 96-page measure cleared both the House and Senate Thursday afternoon.

"Instead of doing what you should be doing when you lose an election in a democracy - attempting to win over those voters in the next election - Republicans instead are trying to disenfranchise those voters".

"Pushing through legislation of this magnitude on a partisan basis may garner short-term benefits, but will inevitably only exacerbate the distrust that millions of Americans harbor against the US government", he said. Democratic momentum has also been hurt by the Biden administration's struggle to handle the large and growing numbers of unaccompanied minors seeking to enter the USA from Mexico.

"People like the drop boxes, so I don't know why, if somebody likes something, we have to get rid of it", Burnough said. The bill passed the state House 100-75 earlier Thursday, before the state Senate quickly agreed to House changes 34-20. "It's sick. It's sick", he said.

Republicans are broadly opposed to most of the Democratic agenda.

Manchin's statement also comes as Democrats continue pushing to eliminate the filibuster, which requires the Senate to reach a 60-vote threshold before moving most bills forward.

One of the biggest changes gives the GOP-controlled legislature more control over election administration, a change that has raised concerns among voting rights groups that it could lead to greater partisan influence.

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Republican lawmakers in Georgia are backing away from two of the more contentious efforts to limit voting access. For instance, Sunday voting might better suit Fulton County, where more than 528,000 residents cast ballots in the November 3 general election, compared to much smaller counties with less demand for weekend voting.

Yet on this and other legislation, Democrats are not only facing opposition from Republicans but also from some in their own ranks, threatening their ability to pass it even with changes to the filibuster.

Rep. Jan Jones, a Milton Republican and Speaker Pro-Tempore, said she believes this legislation provides better consistency while also giving flexibility for communities with vast differences. But Schumer did not offer a timeline on any of those priorities, as lawmakers search for consensus on the details.

"Pushing through legislation of this magnitude on a partisan basis may garner short-term benefits, but will inevitably only exacerbate the distrust that millions of Americans harbor against the US government", Manchin said in a statement. Senators are expected to huddle privately in the coming weeks to work through those issues. Sen. Erika Geiss, D-Taylor, said in a statement.

"Many of the bills in this package will make it harder for citizens to vote", Benson said.

Two bills that would expand background checks for gun purchases have already passed the House. 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. "We weren't chanting", Stevens said. Changing demographics in the USA may mean that in the next few decades they lose paths to national power; the population is becoming more diverse and educated, and people of color and with a higher level of education tend to vote Democratic.

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