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Georgia bans giving water to voters in line under sweeping restrictions

Georgia bans giving water to voters in line under sweeping restrictions”

One item I saw this last election cycle was private groups funding and establishing vote drop boxes. "The Republican voters I know find this despicable".

In 43 states across the country, GOP lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person and Election Day voting with such constraints as stricter ID requirements, limited hours or narrower eligibility to vote absentee, according to data compiled as of February 19 by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice. Democratic Sen. Erika Geiss of Taylor called it "an unconscionable resurrection of Jim Crow created to keep Black and brown Americans from fully participating in the democratic process".

But Republicans say overhauls are necessary to restore integrity and trust in elections. Shamed Dogan of Ballwin the only Republican voting no.

In two separate videos, the three Georgia women urge Georgia legislators to vote down Senate Bill 202, a new omnibus bill introduced last week to replace an earlier one. The provisions add a new ID requirement for absentee ballots and limit ballot drop boxes.

Wrapping up the most tumultuous Senate start in recent memory, new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took stock Thursday of accomplishments including the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue while vowing action ahead on voting rights, hate crimes and mounting Democratic priorities hitting stiff opposition from Republicans.

The 95-page bill also strips authority from the secretary of state, making him a nonvoting member of the State Elections Board, and allows lawmakers to initiate takeovers of local election boards - measures that critics said could allow partisan appointees to slow down or block election certification or target heavily Democratic jurisdictions, many of which are in the Atlanta area and are home to the state's highest concentrations of Black and brown voters. "It's sick. Deciding in some states that you can not bring water to people standing in line; deciding that you're going to end voting at [5 p.m.] when working people are just getting off of work".

"There's no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled, and those problems led to a crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia", Kemp said.

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"We have heard testimony from county election officials. that more time is needed to fully understand the fiscal and logistical impacts the provisions in these bills would have", she said.

In many races, absentee votes went overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates, while Republicans did better with advanced and election-day in-person voting.

The state would also be allowed to take over county elections or remove local elections officials if there was a determined need to intervene. Before the 2021 legislative session started, Georgia's House Speaker made it clear that changes were coming to the state's election rules.

The legislature also has oversight of proposed changes to election rules by the Secretary of State and state elections board.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, the Mississippi Republican who once said voter suppression is a "great idea" before backpedaling it as a joke, defended the elimination of early voting on Sundays-an effort to keep Black churches from continuing "Souls to the Polls" voter drives-by claiming the practice desecrates the sabbath.

About 50 protesters including representatives from the NAACP gathered across from the Capitol building Thursday in opposition.

Democrats have discussed lowering that 60-vote threshold to get the legislation passed and some are pushing for it to happen now. "This is huge, what they're trying to do, and it can not be sustained".



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