Georgia lawmaker arrested for knocking on Gov. Kemp’s door amid election bill

President Biden shown Thursday said of Georgia's new voting law on Friday “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.”

The legislation has alarmed Democrats, who just months ago celebrated historic wins in the presidential election and two Senate campaigns in Georgia that helped deliver the White House and US Senate control to their party in Washington.

The Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy group that supports expanded voter access, tallied more than 250 restrictive proposals in the states, many of them meant to roll back voting methods that were expanded because of the pandemic.

It also cuts the amount of time voters have to request an absentee ballot.

The U.S. State of Georgia passed a law on Thursday, making ballot access more restrictive as Republicans across the country consider similar moves.

"Jim Crow 2.0 is represented in that picture", Georgia lawmaker Donna McLeod told CNN. "Both sides of the political spectrum have been clamoring for changes to Georgia election laws for a while, and this bill is not a "knee-jerk" reaction to the November election".

Cannon was charged with felony obstruction of law enforcement, punishable by one to five years in prison, and with disrupting a session of the General Assembly. There is universal agreement among experts that the election, in which Republicans performed well in congressional and state legislative races, was free of widespread problems.

"This is a partisan power grab in response to the electoral defeat in the 2020 election cycle", state Rep. Carolyn Hugley, a Democrat, said.

SB 202 saw a lot of revisions from its first introduction in mid-February to the governor's signature.

However, those were nixed following opposition from state Democrats and voting groups.

"Voting is sacred. If they have to change the process to do that, that's fine", Butler said. "The recent pandemic has caused changes in our way of life and for some, those changes may be permanent".

In Iowa, after left-leaning counties sent voters absentee ballot applications in 2020, a recently signed law would bar election workers from sending the forms out unless requested and threatens to fine officials for violating rules.

"We also ask for an ID to buy alcohol, get on a plane, enter the State Capitol building, to pick something up from a retail store via curbside pickup, to buy or lease a vehicle, open a bank account, to apply for welfare, to apply for Medicaid, to apply for unemployment, to secure a hotel reservation, and even when adopting a pet", he said. An estimated 200,000 potential voters in the state do not have a driver's license or state ID number, which would prohibit them from voting.

"Recount after recount and court case after court case upheld the integrity and outcome of a clearly free, fair, and secure democratic process", Biden said in a statement released by the White House, referring to the 2020 election, when he became the first Democratic presidential candidate in almost three decades to win the state. Mr Kemp tweeted that the law would make Georgia's elections "secure, fair and accessible" a picture of him signing the bill - surrounded by six men, all of whom appear to be white.

It gives the state legislature greater power over the state election board. "I'd love to say I'm the last, but we know that isn't true", she said.

Democrats and voting rights advocates decried the restrictions, which passed the legislature exclusively with Republican support, as a revival of racially discriminatory voting laws that will harm voters in minority communities, which are already plagued by long lines and inadequate election infrastructure. "We did everything we could to increase participation and engagement in the democratic process, and evidently some people thought that more people participated than they wanted and they made a decision to put limitations on it".



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