Biden calls new Georgia voting law 'Jim Crow in the 21st century'

Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon was arrested for knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp's office door on Thursday

Biden concluded his statement by saying that he will take his "case to the American people - including Republicans who joined the broadest coalition of voters ever in this past election to put country before party".

But the fight sets the federal government's oversight of constitutional rights against states which control their own voting procedures - a potential showdown echoing the battles to ensure Blacks could vote several decades ago. "I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. So he has to be out in public explaining why it's necessary that it pass, that it's important".

"This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century", Biden said in his statement.

Other Republican-controlled state legislatures are pursuing voting restrictions in key battleground states, including Florida and Arizona, after former President Donald Trump repeatedly blamed his loss to Biden on massive voter fraud without evidence. "If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide". Now that vote won't be counted unless it is after 5pm and that person signs an affidavit swearing they're unable to make it to the correct precinct, and they have to give a reason why.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of Georgia's elections laws "outrageous" and "an atrocity", and urged Congress to move quickly to bolster voting rights across the nation in response.

The package approved by the Senate earlier this month imposes voter ID requirements, limits ballot drop boxes and allows the state to take over local elections. It includes the ban on providing food and drink to those in line. Biden said at his Thursday news conference.

Proposed laws in other states do numerous same things.

Psaki said the White House was "deeply concerned" about the treatment of Cannon as well as the law. The House has passed the bill and now it awaits action in the Senate, where the party's margin over Republicans is too slim to guarantee passage.

The president has supported a return of the "talking filibuster", which would force senators to register their objections to legislation with an actual speech on the floor, rather than a simple notification as they do now. Democrats say it will restrict voting access, especially for voters of color.

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"We're going to get a lot done", Biden said. I'm not talking about the elected officials. "You don't need anything else to know this is nothing but punitive, created to keep people from voting".

"Pushing through legislation of this magnitude on a partisan basis may garner short-term benefits, but will inevitably only exacerbate the distrust that millions of Americans harbor against the US government", Manchin said in a lengthy statement Thursday.

Thursday's signing was met with protests outside the Capitol as Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon of Atlanta was arrested by state troopers after knocking on Kemp's door in an attempt to witness the bill signing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Georgia's new law is among the most consequential for future elections.

Instead, the Democrats are prepared to legislate the old-fashioned way, unspooling arguments in lengthy Senate debates, spilling out of the committee hearing rooms and onto the Senate floor, and forcing opponents to go on the record as standing in the way - much as South Carolina Sen.

Brian Kemp's door and demanding to see him sign into law bill SB202, which enables new restrictions on voting by mail.

Videos on social media showed Cannon knocking persistently but calmly, and an activist who filmed the incident told The Washington Post that the lawmaker was in no way "banging on the door".

Republicans had proposed at one time to limit early voting on weekends, a time when many Black churches conduct "souls to the polls" efforts to take congregants to vote.

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