Comedian, senior citizens take on Georgia lawmakers over voting rights
Mar 26 2021
In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed a voting law earlier this month that reduces early and Election Day voting hours and moves up the deadline for mail ballots to arrive at local election offices.
"It's one of the most despicable things I have seen in all my years", said Schumer. The For The People Act, or H.R. 1, would "make it easier to vote in federal elections, end congressional gerrymandering, overhaul federal campaign finance laws, increase safeguards against foreign interference, strengthen government ethics rules, and more", according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
"Even though our democratic institutions have survived foreign interference and a violent attempt to enter the United States Capitol during the counting of Electoral College votes, America's declining trust in the government and each other makes it harder to solve key problems", he said.
Kemp said he expected outrage from the political left and that he offered no apology for "taking another step to making our elections fair and secure".
On a 100-75 party-line vote, the State House approved SB 202 early Thursday, and the Senate voted later Thursday to agree with the House changes 34-20 on a party-line vote as well.
The bill would also shorten Georgia's nine-week runoff period to four weeks by sending military and overseas voters instant-runoff ranked choice absentee ballots and only requiring in-person early voting starting the Monday eight days before election day. Senate Democrats say it is needed to counter efforts at the state level by Republicans to restrict the right to vote.
"In the wake of the November elections - one of the safest in recent history - Republican-led state legislatures have seized on the former president's (Donald Trump) big lie that the election was stolen, and introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states aimed at tightening voting rules under the guise of election integrity", Schumer said Wednesday before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
"Georgians turned out in record-breaking numbers because they could access the ballot", Burnough said. "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". MI voters demonstrated they want our elections to be accessible in 2018 when they enshrined new voting rights in our state constitution, and again in 2020 when millions exercised those new rights. They would be able to replace local election officials and allow unlimited challenges to voter registrations. Also gone is language to greatly limit who can vote absentee.
The legislature also has oversight of proposed changes to election rules by the Secretary of State and state elections board.
Republicans noted that the final bill did not include prior proposals to limit mail voting only to those with a reason such as age, illness or travel, and to curtail early voting on Sundays.
This is what motivates otherwise "do-nothing" GOP members: threats of the Republican-voting white majority losing power to Black and brown demographic expansion and democratic voting rights.
About 50 protesters including representatives from the NAACP gathered across the street from the Capitol building Thursday in opposition to the bill.
During the rally, Bishop Reginald Jackson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church called for a boycott of Coca-Cola Co. products.
"We took them at his word", he said of Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. "This is huge, what they're trying to do, and it can not be sustained".