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Democrats unveil new voting rights bill named after John Lewis

Democrats unveil new voting rights bill named after John Lewis

House Democrats plan to unveil next week a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act, on Aug. 6. That is the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Clyburn said that many House Democrats are in favor of including provisions that would bolster…
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No Surprise: Voters split along party lines over Georgia’s new election law

No Surprise: Voters split along party lines over Georgia’s new election law

Georgians’ support or disapproval of the state’s controversial new voting law largely broke along political party lines in a survey the University of Georgia released Wednesday. Republican voters in the survey supported while Democratic voters opposed the more high-profile measures in the recently enacted elections bill, which has become a lightning rod for national debate on election integrity and voter access following the 2020 election cycle. Democratic leaders in Georgia and across the country have framed Georgia’s new voting law as an attempt at voter suppression targeting minority voters who helped the state’s 2020 presidential election and both U.S. Senate seats go to…
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Georgia senate passes major voting reform bill

Georgia senate passes major voting reform bill

A major overhaul of Georgia’s absentee voting system and other election changes brought by Republican lawmakers passed in the state Senate Monday by a party-line vote, sparking cries of voter suppression from Democratic leaders. The wide-ranging bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, was one of 12 measures focused on election changes up for debate on the Senate floor Monday, marking a swell of proposals to change voting procedures after the 2020 election cycle. Dugan’s bill contains some of the most sweeping and controversial election changes pitched so far in the legislative session, including provisions to require a…
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Georgia’s top Republican wants state ID cards to be free

Georgia’s top Republican wants state ID cards to be free

As Republican lawmakers in Georgia work to pass voting reforms, including requiring photo identification in order to vote absentee, the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives wants to make the identification cards free. Today, David Ralston proposed that State ID cards through the Georgia Department of Driver Services be free to all eligible Georgians. Currently, the state assesses a $32 fee for State ID cards. Similar in form to driver’s licenses, State ID cards are compliant with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID standard and may be used for voter identification among other purposes. Georgia already offers…
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Gwinnett County plans to sue Georgia if voting changes become law

Gwinnett County plans to sue Georgia if voting changes become law

The Gist: As lawmakers debate a bill that makes sweeping changes to voting in Georgia, the Gwinnett County Solicitor General warns he is prepared to sue the state if the bill becomes law. The Bill: The bill in question is House Bill 531. Among other changes, it restricts absentee ballot drop boxes, ends voting on Sundays and shortens the amount of time voters are allowed to request absentee ballots. You'll frequently hear this bill called HB 531, the omnibus voting bill, or more broadly as proposed changes to voting in Georgia. The Solicitor General: Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside,…
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Voting changes draw fire under the Gold Dome

Voting changes draw fire under the Gold Dome

Lawmakers on a Georgia House panel are set to continue debating a sweeping election bill this week that is drawing fire from voting rights advocates and has sparked concerns among some of the state’s local election officials.  Election directors from across the state and representatives with voting rights organizations were among the witnesses who complained Friday before the House Special Committee on Election Integrity that the wide-ranging election bill filed this week by Republican Rep. Barry Fleming of Harlem will suppress voting if it passes. The committee has yet to vote on the bill, which was later modified.  House Bill…
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Here’s how bills proposed by Republicans could change voting in Georgia

Here’s how bills proposed by Republicans could change voting in Georgia

Republican state senators have rolled out a legislative package aimed at overhauling Georgia’s election laws by limiting who can vote by mail, outlining how to prove identification and outlawing absentee-ballot drop boxes. The eight bills, filed late Monday by top Senate Republican leaders, mark the most sweeping attempt to change local voting laws after the 2020 election cycle stirred mistrust among many conservative Georgians over the state’s election integrity. The bills especially target absentee voting in Georgia after all three major elections in the 2020 cycle saw more than 1 million mail-in ballots cast amid the COVID-19 pandemic, helping Democrats carry Georgia…
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Here’s how Georgia is streamlining the November election

Here’s how Georgia is streamlining the November election

Absentee ballots can be opened a week earlier than usual ahead of elections in Georgia following emergency steps the State Election Board took Monday to help ease a vote-tally bottleneck amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. The board also gave Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office the green light to create an online portal for voters to request absentee ballots via the internet rather than by mail or with a county elections office. The rule changes come as state and local election officials hustle to improve the voting process in Georgia during the pandemic, which…
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