Politics Raffensperger wants three Georgia counties investigated for violating absentee ballot regulations during 2020 election
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 Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said three counties in his state violated absentee ballot regulations during the 2020 elections and referred them for investigation.
“Since day one, I have made securing Georgia’s election a top priority and I have not stopped working since then,”. “Though the overwhelming majority of counties did what they were supposed to, this demonstrates that new steps need to be taken to fully secure our elections. Securing elections is work that is never truly finished.”
He referred Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties for investigation after they “failed to do their absentee ballot transfer forms in violation of Georgia Rules and Regulations.”
What Georgia's new election law really does – 9 facts
The new law will offer some voters more opportunities for early voting, but it also puts some new restrictions on absentee voting.Democrats and voting rights groups were outraged by voter ID provisions and changes to mail voting that they believe will make more difficult for some minorities and poorer voters to cast a ballot. Within days, major corporations, including Georgia-based Coca-Cola and Delta, along with CBS News' parent company ViacomCBS, spoke out against the bill, and Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game out of Georgia a day after President Biden threw his support behind the idea.
The counties account for 0.37% of all the absentee ballots cast in the November election. Raffensperger said 123 counties had drop boxes during the 2020 election, and only 120 “filled out and retained ballot transfer forms in accordance with Georgia rules.”
Georgia became a focal point of the general election, with President Joe Biden narrowly carrying the state by a margin of 0.24%. Former President Donald Trump has continued to claim the election wasand Gov. Brian Kemp for their handling of alleged voting fraud.
Georgia Republicans supported voting buses and drop boxes — until Trump and the GOP started losing
Voting rights groups say Republicans had no problem with the law until GOP lost elections amid record Black turnout Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
Trump sounded off on Georgia’s new election integrity law this week, saying reforms are needed in the state but that they should be stronger and should have come before the election.
“Too bad the desperately needed election reforms in Georgia didn’t go further, as their originally approved Bill did, but the Governor and Lt. Governor would not go for it. The watered-down version, that was just passed and signed by Governor Kemp, while better than before, doesn’t have Signature Matching and many other safety measures, which were sadly left out. This Bill should have been passed before the 2020 Presidential Election, not after,” Trump said in a statement Monday.
Raffensperger has said that there was no widespread fraud in the election, even though he wished Trump "would have won."
"We've never found systemic fraud — not enough to overturn the election,".
Raffensperger’s Support for Georgia’s Voter Suppression Law Won’t Save Him
Georgia’s secretary of state blasphemed against Trump, and that’s all that matters to his fellow Republicans.Trouble is, according to that survey, Raffensperger is more popular among Democrats than his own Republicans. Yet as he reminded everyone after the recent enactment of Georgia’s highly controversial new law restricting voting opportunities, his views on the core responsibilities of his job as the state’s election director are still very Republican. Indeed, he seems to love the new law — except for a provision that removes him as head of the State Election Board.
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Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad .
The debate over whether Georgia’s law really suppresses voting reveals just how imperiled American democracy is.In the New York Times, Nate Cohn concluded that “the law’s voting provisions are unlikely to significantly affect turnout or Democratic chances.” Slate’s Will Saletan notes that some provisions really are troubling, but that the bill also contains good provisions and that critics have “overhyped” their concerns. Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, writes that “the idea this is an epic war on voting rights is simply absurd.