Georgia House passes GOP election bill despite criticism

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Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have offered similar election protocol legislation to insure that Georgians who vote will feel confident that their vote is secure and their vote matters. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that while he agrees with many parts of the voting rights bill, he believes Democrats must focus on the parts of the legislation where they can work with Republicans.

Earlier in the news conference, Biden said the filibuster was being "abused in a enormous way" and suggested he "strongly" supports moving back to the original process of the filibuster, which would require a senator who wants to block legislation to hold the floor without taking a break.

Republicans are strongly opposed to the voting rights bill, arguing that it would tilt elections toward Democrats and take control of elections away from the states.

The contentious debate over Georgia's election laws has played out in recent months with dozens of bills getting filed and with claims that many Republican lawmakers are attempting to implement Jim Crow-era restrictions after the bitter defeat of former President Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Changing demographics in the USA may mean that in the next few decades they lose paths to national power; the population is becoming more diverse and educated, and people of color and with a higher level of education tend to vote Democratic. Our legislation would require a voter provide a driver's license or state ID card number to request and submit an absentee ballot.

"We have heard testimony from county election officials. that more time is needed to fully understand the fiscal and logistical impacts the provisions in these bills would have", she said. It also cuts the time people have to request an absentee ballot and limits where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed.

One of the biggest changes gives the GOP-controlled legislature more control over election administration, a change that has raised concerns among voting rights groups that it could lead to greater partisan influence.

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It would also shorten the runoff cycle from the current nine weeks to just four weeks and remove the elected secretary of state as chair of the state election board.

It would also greatly expand the powers of state officials. It could shape election outcomes for years to come, striking down hurdles to voting, requiring more disclosure from political donors and bolstering election security and ethics laws.

Another provision of the bill would forbid anyone from providing food and water for people standing in line to vote. It instead mandates two Saturdays of early voting ahead of general elections, when only one had been mandatory, and leave two Sundays as optional.

But that change has not tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups.

Jackson, who leads more than 400 churches across Georgia, said the Atlanta-based soft drink company had failed to live up to the commitments it made past year to support the Black Lives Matter movement by not forcefully opposing the voting bills being pushed by Republicans.

"We took them at his word", he said of Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. "Now, when they try to pass this racist legislation, we can't get him to say anything".

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