Medved: Georgia’s voter bill is ridiculous, but it’s not Jim Crow

Governor Quickly Signs New Voting Restrictions

But as Republican-controlled state legislatures from Georgia to Iowa to Arizona are taking dramatic action to limit early voting and force new voter ID requirements, the debate in Washington threatens to exacerbate the nation's cavernous political divides in the early days of the Biden presidency, just as the Democratic president vows to unite the country.

However, those were nixed following opposition from state Democrats and voting groups. "They're definitely trying to do an upheaval of our election system".

A coalition of civil rights groups sued the state in Atlanta federal court just hours after Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed the legislation into law on Thursday, arguing that the measures are meant to make it harder for people - particularly Black voters - to cast ballots.

Proposed laws in other states do numerous same things.

Military and overseas voters will use absentee ballots to rank all possible candidates before a primary or general election, allowing their preferences to be determined in any possible runoff.

Another aspect of the new law allows the state's board of elections to determine which county boards are underperforming. Republicans point to this provision to argue that they are expanding, rather than restricting, voting access. That includes early and mail voting options, both of which were popular among voters who sought to avoid virus transmission at crowded polling places.

Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who spearheaded the party's election legal efforts previous year, is representing the groups, which include The New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund and Rise, Inc.

Throughout the legislative session, Republican lawmakers have promoted election reform as an effort to ensure fair and secure elections throughout the state.

Georgia's new law is among the most consequential for future elections.

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Democrats and voting rights advocates have said the restrictions, which passed the Georgia legislature exclusively with Republican support, will further harm voters in minority communities that are already plagued by long lines and inadequate election infrastructure.

In fiery speeches, pointed statements and tweets, party leaders decried the law signed Thursday by the state's Republican governor as specifically aimed at suppressing Black and Latino votes and a threat to democracy. You're not hearing that from the other side. It limits where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed.

"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.

He told reporters the Georgia law is an "atrocity" and the Justice Department is looking into it.

"I'm prepared to go on this fight for however long it takes", he said.

The GOP is also cracking down on methods that counties used to increase participation and make voting easier during the pandemic.

In the statement, Biden said: "I will take my case to the American people - including Republicans who joined the broadest coalition of voters ever in this past election to put country before party".

Biden said at his Thursday news conference. Republicans say it will more fairly reflect voters' beliefs at the time of the initial vote. "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". "This isn't a monarchy", said Tamara Stevens, who was with Cannon.

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