Georgia state lawmaker arrested protesting voting restriction bill outside governor's office

Georgia state lawmaker arrested protesting voting restriction bill outside governor's office”

Donna McLeod on Friday hammered Republicans in her state for passing new restrictions on voting that include making it illegal to give bottles of water to voters waiting in line.

State lawmakers have passed a bill, quickly signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp, that makes it drastically more hard for people to vote, in ways that will disproportionately affect poor voters and people of color. She was taken to Fulton County Jail and later released late Thursday night.

A state police spokesman said Cannon knocked on the door to the public lobby of the governor's office, and then shifted to knocking on a door to a private area.

After being told twice to stop knocking on the door in light of the press conference occurring inside, and twice warned that she would be arrested if she did not stop, "Rep. Cannon refused to stop knocking on the door".

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. He interrupted his televised remarks while Cannon was knocking and later resumed the speech. "This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle", Biden said, adding, "I'm going to do everything in my power, along with my friends in the House and the Senate, to keep that from - from becoming the law".

The new law requires a photo identification to vote absentee by mail.

Former president Donald Trump, who was the first Republican to lose the state in a presidential election since 1992, repeatedly pressured elected officials in the state to investigate his unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen from him. They also noted that the law increases the number of in-person early voting days on weekends. Max Burns said. "This is a solid step in the right direction to provide voter integrity in Georgia".

Democrats say the law is a power grab by Republicans who are threatened by Joe Biden's presidential victory in Georgia in November and the twin Democratic victories of U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., wrote on Twitter.

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Biden, the first Democratic presidential candidate in three decades to win Georgia, on Friday accused Republicans there and in other states of mounting a broad assault on voting rights.

Biden said he would work to pass voting-rights laws in Congress and make his case to the people. Thus far, Republican opposition in the divided U.S. Senate has stymied that effort.

"This is Jim Crow in the 21st century", President Biden said in a statement. It must end. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act.

The Georgia lawsuit was filed in Atlanta federal court hours after the legislation became law Thursday by the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund and Rise Inc.

Georgia's constitution says lawmakers "shall be free from arrest" during meetings of the General Assembly "except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace". The obstruction charge carries a potential penalty of one to five years in prison, FOX 5 reported. The New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter and Rise Inc. say the law violates the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well as parts of the federal Voting Rights Act that say states can not restrict Black voter participation. Cannon's arrest was also captured during a live stream, as the lawmaker was joined by others who came to the state Capitol in Atlanta to protest the bill. Cannon put her ear up to the bullhorn of an officer ordering protesters to disperse and then demanded an apology from another officer who moved her away.

Cannon was released from jail around 11:30 p.m. on Friday. "Hopefully, we will all emerge, in some way, stronger and better prepared for future challenges".

"It's an atrocity", Biden told reporters Friday, shortly after comparing the restrictions to racist laws that for decades kept Blacks from full voting rights. "We are witnessing right now, a kind of wrestling in the soul of Georgia".

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