Republican lawmakers in Georgia are backing away from two of the more contentious efforts to limit voting access.
"What I'm anxious about is how un-American this whole initiative is".
"After the November election a year ago, I knew, like so many of you, that significant reforms to our state elections were needed", said Kemp, who drew Trump's ire after certifying Biden's victory in Georgia.
Kemp signed the bill less than two hours after it received final passage in the Georgia General Assembly.
A Georgia House panel Monday approved a bill meant to overhaul early and absentee voting laws and restrict access to ballot drop boxes, opening a clear path for lawmakers to vote on the sweeping election legislation in the waning days of the 2021 legislative session. Republicans supported it, with Democrats opposed. Kay Kirkpatrick voted in favor, and the bill has been signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp.
President Biden at his news conference on Thursday.
"The Republican voters I know find this despicable, Republican voters, the folks outside this White House. I'm talking about voters".
Senate Democrats are vowing action on several of their top priorities in April, including strengthening hate crime laws to include Asian Americans and restoring voting rights protections to combat minority voter suppression.
"This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle".
As Kemp was delivering remarks shortly after signing the bill, he was interrupted by a commotion inside his ceremonial office and asked an aide "what's the problem" before a livestream of the event cut out.
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Schumer said the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a voting rights bill named after the late Georgia Rep. One lawmaker even ended up leaving the Capitol in the back of a police vehicle.
Cannon is facing a charge of obstructing law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence and she faces a second charge of disrupting general assembly sessions or other meetings of members. Raphael Warnock of Georgia who visited Cannon in jail.
It wasn't immediately known if Cannon had a lawyer who could comment.
In stark contrast, Republican-controlled legislatures across the country are reviewing proposals that would, among other things, tighten application periods for absentee ballots, reduce the availability of drop-box locations and allow for the purging of voters from lists of who is eligible to automatically receive mail-in ballots.
The new law also curtails the use of drop boxes for absentee ballots; allows electors to challenge the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters and requires counties to holdhearings on such challenges within 10 days; blocks the use of mobile voting vans, as Fulton County did previous year after purchasing two vehicles at a cost of more than $700,000; and prevents local governments from directly accepting grants from the private sector.
Democratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill is based on lies told by Republicans after November's election.
"Georgians turned out in record-breaking numbers because they could access the ballot", Burnough said.
"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. That has raised alarms about potential greater partisan influence.
-It limits the availability of drop-boxes for absentee ballots and strips the secretary of state of a good amount of authority over the election processes.
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's sick. Deciding in some states that you can not bring water to people standing in line; deciding that you're going to end voting at [5 p.m.] when working people are just getting off of work".