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Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp staunchly defended a new voter ID law that is being widely criticized by Joe Biden and Democrats who claim it is vehemently racist without offering any proof.
Democrats like ‘voting rights actitivist’ Stacey Abrams and other Democrats have described the new law as a throwback to the “Jim Crow” days, which is outrageous considering the absurdity that any state in the union today would even attempt to pass a bill prohibiting people of certain ethnic groups from being able to vote.
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,” the Georgia governor 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.”
Kemp and Georgia Republicans say the law was needed to ensure that the state does not experience the kind of post-election chaos and uncertainty that was seen in the aftermath of the November election.
For instance, many state residents had a lot of questions surrounding a surveillance video leaked online appearing to show ballot supervisors in Atlanta shooing most staffers out of a vote count center around 10:30 p.m. on Election Night, telling them counting was over for the day while a handful remained behind to count ballots retrieved from containers that were hidden under tables.
The counting took place until around 1:30 a.m. when some GOP poll watchers and staffers returned upon hearing that counting had continued without supervision and observation.
“As Secretary of State, I consistently led the fight to protect Georgia elections against power-hungry, partisan activists. As Governor, I won’t back down from keeping Georgia elections secure, accessible, and fair,” Kemp added.
He went on to push back against Biden during an appearance Saturday on Fox News.
“I don’t think the president or his handlers compared the Georgia voting law to the state of Delaware where he’s from because we have a lot more opportunities for people to vote early in the great state of Georgia than in Delaware,” Kemp said, adding that the new law will still allow people to vote somewhat early and on select Saturdays and Sundays.
“It is further securing the absentee ballot process by simply adding a photo ID requirement or number from your ID that will actually speed up the absentee balloting by mail process that was very slow after the last election,” the governor continued while inviting critics to actually read the bill to find out just who is being dishonest about what’s in it.
“Is it the governor and the legislature that just voted on this bill? Or is it a lot of these third-party groups that are making millions of putting this false narrative out there? Or the president who obviously doesn’t know what his own voting laws are in his own state,” he said.