Published: Mon, March 29, 2021
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Georgia Republicans’ ban on giving voters water epitomizes the GOP’s disturbing priorities

Georgia Republicans’ ban on giving voters water epitomizes the GOP’s disturbing priorities

'We don't know quite exactly what we can do at this point. Once again, we need our senators to rise above partisanship to protect our most basic right: The ability to vote for and choose our leaders. She also is chair of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election law project that she said may get involved in litigation against H.R. 1, should it pass, or in support of new laws like the one in Georgia.

Among di restrictions na new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, and one wey limit di use of ballot drop boxes wey make am easier to vote. The Georgia bill signed into law last week goes so far as to forbid third-party groups from bringing food or even water to people in line waiting to vote. "If there's a natural disaster in SC where the cops can't protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to because I can defend myself".

'It has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency. You don't need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, created to keep people from voting. By gutting voting rights, Republicans risk discouraging the infrequent voters who catapulted Trump to victory in 2016; hindering rural and elderly voters who benefit from early in-person voting, voting by mail, and same-day registration; and permanently alienating a growing pool of black and brown voters.

"People are actually interested in getting involved and we have to harness all this energy", Mitchell said in an interview.

"What I'm anxious about is how un-American this whole initiative is", the president said.

Court challenges would surely follow, Snead said, although he conceded that some provisions, including rescinding state voter ID requirements probably would survive.

E give di state legislature more power ova di state election board. More than 250 proposed voting restrictions have been proposed this year by mostly Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation in the South until as late as the mid-20th century.

'Rather than promote public confidence in Georgia's elections and ensure election integrity, ' they asserted, the law 'will make voting more hard, result in disenfranchisement, and shatter voter confidence'.

Illustrative A voter marks her ballot during the US presidential election in Kenosha Wisconsin Nov. 3 2020
Illustrative A voter marks her ballot during the US presidential election in Kenosha Wisconsin Nov. 3 2020

"This law, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses across the country is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience", Biden said. He said the filibuster was a relic of the Jim Crow era.

Yet the legislation leaves out critical election security provisions that had been in two omnibus bills that moved through the House and Senate in March. The House has passed the bill and now it awaits action in the Senate, where the party's margin over Republicans is too slim to guarantee passage.

And while the state's top elections official, a Republican, rejected Trump's claims, on Thursday Governor Brian Kemp signed the law, claiming its restrictions would make elections "secure, accessible and fair". "The goal of voter suppression is to so demoralize the electorate that people don't even bother to try".

FILE - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks at a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 6, 2020.

Leigh Miller, vice chair for the Hall County Democrats calls the bill's passage a "national embarrassment" that actively impedes Georgians to vote.

In a statement in response to Biden's comments, Kemp said the law 'ensures election integrity'.

The law against disrupting a legislative meeting was challenged as unconstitutional in a lawsuit filed a year ago after people including Nikema Williams, then a state senator and now a USA representative, were arrested at the Capitol while protesting election results in 2018. "Georgia is a state that cherishes the right to vote, encourages citizens to vote and protects the sanctity of the ballot box". In November, President Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1992.

Democrats say the effort in Georgia and steps in Republican state legislatures elsewhere are meant to suppress the voice of minority voters.

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