Georgia GOP Senators introduce bills on election integrity
Mary Margaret Olohan, DCNF
Members of the Georgia state Senate introduced legislation on Monday intended to ensure election integrity, CNN reported.
The legislation consists of eight proposals including measures that would require photo IDs to vote and a sufficient reason to vote with an absentee ballot, according to CNN. It would additionally increase poll watching security, ban drop boxes and automatic registration, and update election officials monthly of registered voters who have died.
Democratic critics of the bills claim that this is a form of voter suppression.
This is what happens when Democrats win in GA. These bills introduced today by the GA Senate GOP are a laundry list of #votersupression tactics meant to roll back voter participation, aimed specifically at reversing the impact Black voters and other voters of color. #gapol pic.twitter.com/njk2Q4QIcR
— GA Senate Democrats (@GASenateDems) February 2, 2021
Democratic State Sen. Nikki Merritt tweeted, “Georgia Republicans are so weak the only way they can win is by blocking your access to voting.”
— Senator Nikki Merritt (@merritt4ga) February 2, 2021
“I want every legal vote counted, and I want better access for all voters, ” State Sen. Butch Miller, a co-sponsor of the legislation, told CNN. “Accusing our reform efforts of suppression is a political tactic, pure and simple.”
He continued, “Even those of us who never claimed that the election was stolen recognize that the electorate has lost confidence in the legitimacy of the system. We must work to restore that.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger endorsed no-excuse absentee voting and a photo ID requirement, according to U.S News.