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Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping bill last week that overhauls his state’s election laws.
In response to this major move, Joe Biden threatened to have his own Department of Justice get involved and possibly take action against Georgia for legally passing legislation through their state House and Senate.
“We don’t know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department’s taking a look as well,” he said as he talked to reporters outside the White House.
Biden and his allies claim the new election laws are designed to suppress the vote.
“’It has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency. They passed the law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote? You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break,” Biden said.
“This law, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses across the country, is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience,” he said.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act. I once again urge Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to make it easier for all eligible Americans to access the ballot box and prevent attacks on the sacred right to vote,” he said.
Kemp is pushing back on those claims, noting that anyone who is making such statements obviously has not read the new law.
“It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read SB 202, which I signed into law yesterday,” Kemp said in a statement.
“There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot – every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person,” he added. “President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box.”
The legislation signed and passed in Georgia overhauls the election system and implements the following measures:
- Cut the time period voters have to request absentee ballots and impose new identification requirements;
- make it easier for state officials to take over local elections boards;
- limit the use of ballot drop boxes; allow challenges to voting eligibility;
- replace the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the legislature after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger politically went after Donald Trump;
This bill is a huge win for Republicans and those who support protecting elections.
Which is why Democrats are so angry about it.
One Georgia state lawmaker became furious with Kemp for signing new election laws and tried to break into his office, where he was live-streaming his announcement.
Democrat state Rep. Park Cannon of Atlanta was arrested by Georgia State Troopers and removed from the state Capitol.
Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting General Assembly sessions.