Abrams in a Thursday tweet said the law targets "Black and brown voters" and led "to the arrest of a Black legislator who was advocating for the voting rights of her constituents", which she said is a "reminder of Georgia's dark past". Georgia became the first battleground state to limit voter access since the November presidential election, in which President Biden carried the state over former President Donald Trump, per CNN.
The Georgia bill, H.B.
On a 100-75 party-line vote, the State House approved SB 202 early Thursday, and the Senate voted later Thursday to agree with the House changes 34-20 on a party-line vote as well. Republicans supported it, with Democrats opposed. Republicans say it will more fairly reflect voters' beliefs at the time of the initial vote.
"The Republican voters I know find this despicable, Republican voters, the folks outside this White House".
"I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression".
"This is Jim Crow 2.0", Groh-Wargo added.
A live stream of Kemp's news conference abruptly cut off about seven minutes into the event.
Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon, who is Black, was arrested by Capitol police amid a protest after knocking on the door of the governor's office during his remarks.
The four Republicans representing East Cobb in the Georgia House voted in favor of a bill on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to state elections laws. She was then removed from the Capitol, while repeatedly identifying herself as a legislator, and placed into a police auto.
In a scene caught on video, she was arrested by Georgia state troopers, taken from the building, and charged with a felony for obstruction of law enforcement and preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
It wasn't immediately known if Cannon had a lawyer who could comment.
In a vote on an earlier elections bill, SB 241, Republican State Sen.
"It's important to remember that Georgia was a leader in requiring a photo ID to vote", Belton wrote.
Republican Rep. Jan Jones said the provisions cutting the time people have to request an absentee ballot are meant to "increase the likelihood of a voter's vote being cast successfully", after concerns were raised about mail ballots not being received in time to be counted.
The bill gives the state legislature the power to appoint the chair of the State Election Board, a role that was previously filled by the Georgia secretary of state. That has raised alarms about potential greater partisan influence.
Republican lawmakers in other states are engaged in similar efforts to exert more control over election boards that are supposed to be nonpartisan, as the New York Times reported Wednesday.
That provision is widely seen as something that could be used to target Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold covering most of Atlanta, which came under fire after long lines plagued summertime primary elections.
"It appears that there was overreach by law enforcement", he said. "Absentee ballots should have an equal measure of security as people voting in person".
-One of the cruelest parts of the bill is that it makes it illegal to hand out food or water (or "gifts" of any sort) to people standing in line to vote.
Weekend voting is also expanded, mandating two Saturdays of early voting and giving counties the option to offer two Sundays of early voting.
The law has drawn sharp criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups.