But with early voting periods lengthened in the November 3, 2020 election due to the coronavirus, vote-by-mail expanded, and registration rules eased, the country saw one of its largest-ever voter turnouts. Even bans on giving water to voters while they stand in line. Measures in the bill include stricter voting ID requirements, slashing the number of drop boxes, entitling state officials to more managerial power, cuts to early voting days, criminalizing the practice of handing out food or water to people waiting in line to vote.
"Players are very much aware of the Georgia voting bill, which places restrictions on voting that some believe will make it particularly hard for black voters to reach the polls", the MLB Players Association executive director said.
However, those were nixed following opposition from state Democrats and voting groups.
"The irony of Kemp signing this bill - that makes it illegal to give water to voters waiting on the sometimes 10-hour lines that state policies create in mostly Black precincts - under the image of a brutal slave plantation is nearly too much to bear", wrote Bunch.
This bill is more like Georgia leading the way for more than 40 other states to do what this one just did.
Recently, the House passed the For the People Act, a bill that addresses elections and campaign finance reform.
While some state legislators are trying to dismantle voting rights, this federal legislation would protect our democracy. Let me be clear, I want to make sure everyone understands this because I feel like I know this law better than anyone else.
Republicans have said the bills are meant to shore up public confidence in elections, though members of the GOP have been the leading voices spreading baseless claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
Another aspect of the new law allows the state's board of elections to determine which county boards are underperforming.
Georgia's new law is among the most consequential for future elections. The board could then remove local election officials and replace them. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court.
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They were also linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State. A report from Kompas TV shows police officers securing the area in front of the church.
'The signal the conservatives on the court have sent is that they are willing to tolerate a lot of partisanship in how elections are run, ' said Professor Richard Hasen, at the University of California, Irvine, law school.
Defending the law, Kemp said: "There is nothing "Jim Crow" about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot - every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person".
Treat Atlanta and Georgia like they haven't a clue until the overwhelming majority of politicians and voters for both of those places realize Confederate leader Robert E. Lee has been dead for 151 years and policies like the ones they've enacted don't have a place in our society.
Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, lashed back, accusing Biden of attempting to "destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box" by supporting what the governor sees as federal intrusion into state responsibilities. Jen Jordan, a Democrat from Atlanta, said at an event sponsored by the progressive group The NewDEAL. She says "where are you taking me?" and "stop" as she is taken from the building.
The GOP is also cracking down on methods that counties used to increase participation and make voting easier during the pandemic.
Delta Air Lines issued a statement touting some parts of the law, such as expanded weekend voting, but said "we understand concerns remain over other provisions in the legislation and there continues to be work ahead in this important effort".
In a USA Today opinion piece on Friday, Brad Raffensperger outlined how Georgia was learning from the mistakes made during the last election. "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 chose to put limitations on it".
On Friday, he accused Republicans there and in other states of mounting a broad assault on voting rights.
"It's really a shame because our local election officials, in many ways, were heroes past year, and to see them attacked by their state lawmakers is really unfortunate", she said.