Georgia voting bill restricting access passes into law

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp second from right leaves the Georgia State Capitol Building after he signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control ove

From passage of the #SB202 voter suppression bill targeted at Black and brown voters to the arrest of a Black legislator who was advocating for the voting rights of her constituents, today was a reminder of Georgia's dark past.

New Jersey voters would be able to cast their ballots in person up to 10 days before an election under an early voting bill passed by the state Legislature on Thursday.

Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. Cannon was released Thursday evening.

Video shows Ms Cannon knocking on the governor's door in protest and then being handcuffed and escorted out of the building by two Georgia state troopers.

"She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest", Lt. W. Mark Riley wrote in a statement.

"Notice the antebellum-style portrait behind Kemp as he signs the suppression law?" He interrupted his televised remarks while Cannon was knocking and later resumed the speech.

Civil rights lawyer Gerald Griggs said he would be "vigorously" defending the state lawmaker against the charges, both of which are felony offenses.

The bill requires absentee voters to provide additional information when casting their ballot, including their driver's license and social security number.

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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 a year ago after purchasing two vehicles at a cost of more than $700,000; and prevents local governments from directly accepting grants from the private sector.

Former president Donald Trump, who was the first Republican to lose the state in a presidential election since 1992, repeatedly pressured elected officials in the state to investigate his unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen from him.

Weekend voting is also expanded, mandating two Saturdays of early voting and giving counties the option to offer two Sundays of early voting.

Both bills, written by Republican lawmakers, would add identification requirements for mailed ballots, restrict the use of absentee ballot drop boxes, require more advanced voting across the state and shorten runoff elections. "By creating an early voting period we can make sure the ballot box is accessible to all New Jerseyans regardless of their work schedule". Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff in January.

The new law is already facing legal challenges, as voting rights groups filed a lawsuit just hours after Kemp signed the bill into law.

Republican Rep. Barry Fleming, a driving force in crafting the law, said that provision would only be a "temporary fix, so to speak, that ends and the control is turned back over to the locals after the problems are resolved".

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, the founder of voting rights group Fair Fight, said in a statement that the law was "blatantly unconstitutional" and "nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0".

Cannon had another run-in with officers in February. She was then removed from the Capitol, while repeatedly identifying herself as a legislator, and placed into a police vehicle.

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