Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Signs Controversial Voter Integrity Bill Into Law
After a somewhat chaotic 2020 election season where the integrity of the Georgia vote count was called into question, Governor Brian Kemp just signed a new voter integrity bill into law. The 96-page Senate Bill 202, according to Kemp, will ensure "elections are secure, accessible and fair."
Some of the new provisions include:
- Expanding access to in-person early voting.
- Requires voter ID to vote by mail.
- Limits use of drop boxes.
- Shortens the time frame of runoff elections.
- Gives the Georgia State Elections Board the ability to take over county election boards where oversight may be required.
The controversy stems from Brian Kemp being a Republican and Democrat claims that any measure to strengthen election integrity is "voter suppression." The Huffington Post went with the headline "Georgia Republicans Just Made It Much Harder To Vote." CNN says that the bill is, quote, "what Jim Crow looks like in 2021." Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon was arrested for protesting the law, claiming "I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression."
Current election law has precincts open for twelve hours on Election Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents have a year's notice when Election Day is. Gov. Kemp's law expands access to in-person voting, which gives Georgia voters an even bigger window to vote.
We'll see how this law measures up next to national Democrats' controversial HR1, which would nationalize elections and lower the voting age to sixteen, as well as other controversial measures.
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