Biden: Georgia voting law is 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century'

Brenda Watkins
March 27, 2021

A Democratic state representative was arrested and removed by force after she knocked on Kemp's door to try to witness the signing, the Journal-Constitution reports.

The law has drawn sharp criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups.

"In Arizona, Republicans are pushing for control over the rules of the state's elections", the Times noted.

An attorney for a Georgia lawmaker who was charged with two felonies after knocking on the door to the governor's private office said authorities overreached in the case, which unfolded while the governor spoke on live television about a sweeping overhaul of state elections.

He spoke shortly after issuing a statement on what he called the "attack on the right to vote in Georgia", a state he won in November amid debunked claims of fraud.

Numerous measures in SB 202 would streamline the election administration process at the local level, such as allowing officials to process absentee ballots sooner, require them to count ballots nonstop once the polls close and allow flexibility with voting equipment for smaller, lower-turnout races.

Several demonstrators rallied at the state capitol as he signed the new legislation in a closed-door session.

According to her arrest warrant, Ms Cannon "knowingly and intentionally" kept knocking on the door despite repeated warnings, and stomped on her apprehending officer's foot with her heels.

The White House has been somewhat vague about Biden's plans to push for voting rights, but the president said Friday he would continue to make the public argument that voting restrictions hurt democracy.

Ms Cannon is among those who have slammed the measures in Georgia as "Jim Crow in new clothes" - a reference to the 19th and 20th century laws that enforced racial segregation in the US South. "And it makes it a crime to provide water to voters while they wait in line - lines Republican officials themselves have created by reducing the number of polling sites across the state, disproportionately in Black neighborhoods", he said.

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Voter reform or voter suppression?

"202 to ensure elections in Georgia are secure, fair and accessible", Kemp wrote on Twitter after the signing.

Democrats in the state and on the national scene decry it as a naked abuse of power that aims to limit minority and young voters' access to the ballot.

Republicans have defended the measure, dubbed Election Integrity Act of 2021, saying it's required to boost confidence in voting after last year's election. However, it limits counties to one drop box per 100,000 residents, or one per early voting location, whichever is fewer.

A previous version of the bill that curbed weekend voting prompted an outcry, with Democrats arguing it targeted the Sunday voting drives held by black churches.

The lawsuit also pits the Secretary of State's prior statements concerning the 2020 election against those of the Act's supporters.

Democrats say the move would allow votes in certain counties to be thrown out, which Mr Trump advocated for after his loss. And it bars outside groups from handing out food or water to people in line to vote.

-It shortens the period between general elections and runoff elections from nine weeks to four. But the absence of significant fraud was irrelevant to the committee's creation and its subsequent efforts to make voting unjustifiably more hard for lawful Georgia voters, particularly Black voters. State troopers handcuffed her and led her away. Yet Biden has declined to say whether he supports eliminating the 60-vote threshold to advance most bills, a critical element of the filibuster.

But it won't be the last.

Among its numerous provisions, the bill sponsored by state Sen.

That's because, while Democrats now hold slim majorities in both chambers of the US Congress, Republicans dominate statehouses across the country.

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