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Georgia GOP proposed legislation revives Georgia's dark history of voter suppression and racism

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Georgia is at the center of a Nationwide debate over election security despite zero evidence of widespread election fraud. The Chatham County Democratic Committee held a press conference today in protest of HB 531 and SB 241.

SAVANNAH, Ga. - eTradeWire -- This past week Georgia House Republicans sided with conspiracy theorists and misinformation spreaders by passing HB 531, legislation that would threaten millions of Georgia voters' access to the ballot box. All but three Republicans in the Georgia Senate majority are cosponsoring SB 241, a massive elections bill that would give Georgia one of the most restrictive absentee-by-mail voting laws in the country. Both are the latest attempt by lawmakers to make voting harder after Democratic victories.

SB 241 (https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/60009) would end no-excuse mail voting, implement new ID requirements, and add witness requirements for mail voters resulting in the worst voter suppression since Jim Crow.

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HB 531 (https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59831) restricts drop box access, adds new ID requirements for mail voting, and restricts weekend voting among other provisions all of which demonstrate just how unrelenting the GOP-led Georgia legislature is in their attacks on voting rights.

"Not only are these ID and witness restrictions suppressive and unnecessary, but they are also outwardly discriminatory and would have a disparate impact on Black and other minority voters across our state as well as older voters in single person households. Said Jay Jones, Chairman, Chatham County Democratic Committee. "These proposals would erect a juggernaut of barricades to voting access, reviving Georgia's dark history of voter suppression and racism as state policy."

GOP legislators in Georgia have clearly shown that there is an urgent need for federal action to safeguard voting rights and pass HR 1 and JR 4 to protect voters from racist and malicious voter suppression. HB 531 and SB 241 are nothing less than a direct attack on voting rights in Georgia framed by baseless far right conspiracy theories and disinformation that undermines our democracy. They are assaults on democracy that constitute some of the worst attacks on voting rights since reconstruction. Their progress though our legislature shows just how critical it is that Congress pass HR 1 and HR 4 to protect voters and safeguard democracy.

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For the complete press release complete with Photos and Video, please visit https://www.ccdcgeorgia.com/blog/ccdc-press-conference-re-hb-531-sb-241-friday-march-5-2021-4pm

Jill Catalina Garcia-Quick

Source: First City Political Group
Filed Under: Government

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