Dem. Rep. Arrested for Attempting to Confront GA Governor Signing Election Bill

Written by Martin Walsh

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Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping bill that overhauls his state’s election laws that includes new restrictions on mail-in voting.

The legislation was pushed through Georgia’s House and Senate and signed by Kemp on Thursday.

The new election laws would require a photo ID in order to vote by absentee ballot and it would limit the number of drop boxes.

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 forcibly removed, dragged through the Capitol, and arrested by Georgia State Troopers.

“The Governor is signing a bill that affects all Georgians,” one bystander shouted. “Why is he doing it in private and why is he keeping elected officials, who are representing us, out of the process?” she asked.

“You said you were going to give her one more time like you are going to do something?” a witness said to the police officer.

Apparently, the police officer wasn’t fooling around. He detained the GA. State Rep. for pressing forward with her inappropriate antics.

“Are you serious?” one of the witnesses shouted. “She’s not under arrest.”

“Under arrest for what?” they asked while the officers put Cannon’s hands behind her back and took her away from the door.

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Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting General Assembly sessions, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:

Georgia state troopers arrested state Rep. Park Cannon on Thursday as she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp’s door, interrupting his livestreamed announcement that he had signed an elections bill into law.

The officers forcibly removed Cannon, a Democrat from Atlanta, dragging her through the Capitol and pushing her into a police car.

Cannon was with several other protesters when she knocked on Kemp’s office door, saying the public should be allowed to witness the announcement of the bill signing. The sweeping legislation requires ID for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and changes early voting hours.

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.