East Cobb Republicans vote for Ga. elections overhaul bill

Newton County advance voters line up Oct. 23 2020 outside the Newton County Administration Building in downtown Covington

State Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, who chairs the House Special Committee on Election Integrity, said the bill "greatly expands accessibility of voters in Georgia and greatly improves the process of administration of elections, while at the same time providing more accountability to ensure the integrity that the vote is properly preserved".

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, second from right, leaves the Capitol Building on Thursday after signing a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.

Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. She was released from jail late Thursday.

A state police spokesman said Cannon knocked on the door to the public lobby of the governor's office, and then shifted to knocking on a door to a private area.

"She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest".

In that video, members of the group who were defending Cannon said they were simply trying to watch Kemp sign the bill. He interrupted his televised remarks while Cannon was knocking and later resumed the speech.

What the law does: The new law imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water.

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Newton County advance voters line up Oct. 23 2020 outside the Newton County Administration Building in downtown Covington

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.

Former president Donald Trump, who was the first Republican to lose the state in a presidential election since 1992, repeatedly pressured elected officials in the state to investigate his unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen from him. It instead mandates two Saturdays of early voting ahead of general elections, when only one had been mandatory, and leaves two Sundays as optional. ".This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century". Raphael Warnock would be no more: special elections would have special primaries.

The law has drawn sharp criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups.

Georgia's constitution says lawmakers "shall be free from arrest" during meetings of the General Assembly "except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace". It's being called Jim Crow 2.0. All charges were dismissed in 2019. She and others held a two-hour sit-in on a Capitol stairway after Cannon said it was improper that a police officer led her away while Democrats were protesting voting bills.

Among legislators representing Newton County, District 17 State Sen. "I'd love to say I'm the last, but we know that isn't true", Cannon tweeted early on Monday.

In Georgia, runoffs occur when no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, as happened in the 2020 election in both of Georgia's Senate races. Will we go forward or will we go backwards? "We will not allow a few politicians, in their craven lust for power, to take us back".

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