World Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight Slams Georgia House for Passing 'Anti-Democratic' Voting Bill
Georgia GOP Declared 'Open Season' On Black Voting Rights, Rep. Hank Johnson Says
"If left to their own devices, Republicans will try to limit the ability of minority voters to exercise their fundamental right to vote," said Johnson, a Georgia Democrat who co-sponsored a federal election standards bill which Republicans have labeled "overreach."Representative Hank Johnson of Atlanta is among several House Democrats who are accusing Georgia Republicans of introducing new "voter integrity" bills which aim to end traditional get-out-the-vote campaigns in Black communities.
The voting rights organization founded by Stacey Abrams criticized proposed election-related legislation the Georgia House of Representatives passed on Monday, calling it "one of the strictest and most anti-democratic pieces of voter suppression legislation" in the nation.
The HB 531 bill has received extensive pushback in recent days not only from Fair Fight Action, which Abrams founded after she lost Georgia's gubernatorial race in 2018, but from otherand voting rights organizations as it progressed through the state legislature. pushed the bill through the state's Republican-controlled House on Monday, sending it to the state for consideration.
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In a Monday afternoonthread, Fair Fight Action suggested Georgia Republicans' move to push the bill through was "yet another step" toward shifting voting rights for the state's residents "back to the days of Jim Crow."
HB 531 "is a dangerous attempt to roll back voting rights, leading to longer lines and more restrictive rules for absentee ballots while limiting weekend voting and threatening Georgians' privacy by creating opportunities for identity theft just to request a mail-in ballot," the organization tweeted. In addition to saying the proposed legislation would make voting harder for people of color, the group's Twitter thread also suggested it would necessitate tax hikes in order to afford its outlined requirements.
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If the Voting Rights Act survives this latest challenge, thank bad lawyering on the GOP side.The case involves two Arizona laws that make it harder for some voters to cast a ballot. One law requires election officials to discard ballots that are cast in the wrong precinct. The second prohibits many forms of “ballot collection,” where a voter gives their absentee ballot to another person, who then delivers that ballot to the election office so it can be counted.
The bill "does nothing but harm voters and fuel conspiracy theories to undermine our democratic institutions," Fair Fight Action tweeted.
THREAD: Today, Georgia House Republicans took yet another step to send voting rights in Georgia back to the days of Jim Crow and forced through #HB531, moving forward on one of the strictest and most anti-democratic pieces of voter suppression legislation in the country. #gapol— Fair Fight (@fairfightaction) March 1, 2021
One of the bill's sponsors is state Rep. Barry Fleming of Georgia's 121st District, who was appointed the House Special Committee on Election Integrity's new chairman earlier this year. Fleming told GPB News the bill was "designed to begin to bring back the confidence of our voters back into our election system" following the 2020 election and said it would also seek to reduce confusion about voting by introducing "more uniform voting times" across the state.
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Georgia became a focal point of the 2020 election cycle as polls showed then-Democratic presidential candidatein a tight race with then-President . Biden ultimately won Georgia, flipping the state from red to blue for the first time in a presidential race since 1992. Allegations of voter fraud led some to question the outcome of the election in Georgia and other battleground states, though the allegations were widely debunked and Biden's win was ultimately certified in .
Among the criticisms aimed at HB 531 is that it would limit early voting and place additional restrictions on absentee ballots, both of which ACLU of Georgia's political director, Christopher Bruce, spoke out against during a rally held on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol ahead of Monday's House vote.
"Every eligible Georgian who wants to cast a ballot, to make their voice heard should be able to do so with ease. But HB 531 does not reflect that goal," Bruce said in his prepared remarks for Monday's rally. "At every turn, the bill erects new hurdles to access and guts much of Georgia's existing voting infrastructure."
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The senator has skillfully managed his image, to stay viable in a state that went from a Democratic to a Republican majority. He has done that by having a keen sense of what issues and bills are popular at any given moment and of how he can be seen as being on the right side of those issues for the electorate—no matter which party is in favor of them.All politicians like to think of themselves as problem solvers, but Manchin’s confidence in his ability to build consensus and master the process of politics is extraordinary.
Georgia Democrats also spoke out against the legislation on Monday, saying it would "threaten millions of Georgia voters' access to the ballot box."
The bill's passage in the Georgia House marked a "dark, dark day" for the state, according to U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams of Georgia, who serves as the chair of theof Georgia.
"Republicans voted as a caucus to enact the most blatantly racist attacks on voting rights in the South since Jim Crow, after losing in an election system they planned, built, and oversaw," Williams said in a statement. "Let history show that instead of fighting for our democracy, these cowards betrayed Georgia voters, threw out truth and facts, and attempted to undo Georgia's legacy as a home for civil rights and accessible elections."
Newsweek reached out to Fleming's office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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