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Georgia voting law explained: Here's what to know about the state's new election rules
Republican lawmakers in Georgia have overhauled the state's elections. Here's a breakdown of what will change under Senate Bill 202.Democrats and civil-rights groups panned the voting bill, and major Georgia-based corporations came out against the bill after it was passed. GOP state lawmakers who backed the bill and other Republicans nationwide harshly criticized the backlash, calling for boycotts of brands like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.
Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (R) said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani's false claims about the 2020 presidential election helped lead to the state's new voting law.
Duncan made the remark during a as he was discussing when he believed the legislature really began to look at new voting restrictions.
Giuliani, who led former President Trump's unsuccessful campaign challenges in a handful of states, testified before the Georgia legislature in December in a bid to overturn President Biden's narrow victory in the state. He repeatedly claimed that the election was riddled with widespread voter fraud.
Georgia's GOP Lieutenant Gov Says Rudy Giuliani's Election Lies Led to New Voting Laws
Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan said the state's new voting bill didn't gain momentum until "Rudy Giuliani showed up in a couple of committee rooms and spent hours spreading misinformation and sowing doubt across, you know, hours of testimony.""This is really the fallout from the 10 weeks of misinformation that flew in from former President Donald Trump," Duncan told CNN's New Day. "I went back over the weekend to really look at where this really started to gain momentum in the legislature, and it was when Rudy Giuliani showed up in a couple of committee rooms and spent hours spreading misinformation and sowing doubt across, you know, hours of testimony.
Claims of widespread voter fraud in Georgia and other states during the 2020 presidential election have been debunked, and ballots in the state were counted multiple times. Meanwhile, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is currently investigating Trump and his allies' efforts to interfere in the state's election.
"This is really the fallout of from the ten weeks of misinformation that flew in from former President Donald Trump," Duncan said. "I went back over the weekend to really look at where this really started to gain momentum in the legislature, and it was when Rudy Giuliani showed up in a couple of committee rooms and spent hours spreading misinformation and sowing doubt across, you know, hours of testimony."
Breaking down claims about Georgia's election law: What's true and what's not?
Politicians on both sides of the political aisle have misrepresented parts of Georgia's new election law. Here's a breakdown of what's accurate and what's not. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions from reporters about President Joe Biden's incorrect claim that the new law ends voting at 5 p.m. -- pointing instead to other aspects of the law she said makes it harder to vote. She also said the new law was "built on a lie" that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from former President Donald Trump -- a reference to the baseless narrative that Trump actually won the election.
Gov. Brian Kemp (D) signed into law SB202 last month, which among other restrictions limited the use of ballot drop boxes and imposed photo ID requirements for absentee voting. The legislature also removed the secretary of state as chairman or a voting member of the Georgia State Election Board.
Since the bill was signed, at least three lawsuits have been filed against it, some major companies have publicly opposed the bill and Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta.
Duncan said that it's time for the party to move on from the 2020 election.
"We've lost two U.S. senate seats as Republican, we've lost the White House, we lost the All Star Game. Look, we need to pick up the pieces here and move on," Duncan said. "We need to turn the page."
Fact check: Biden and Kemp misleadingly describe parts of Georgia elections law .
There are a lot of misleading claims being made about Georgia's controversial elections law. © AP/Getty Images And some of them are coming from the top. Both President Joe Biden, a Democrat who opposes the law, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, the Republican who signed it last week, misleadingly described the text of the law in interviews this week. Here is a breakdown of a Biden assertion and three Kemp assertions.