On Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Dogan introduced the bill Invalidation of absentee voting without an excuse, Which was used by 1.3 million Georgians in 2020, including 450,000 Republicans. Under his proposal, only a small subset of voters, such as those who are out of town, the disabled, or those over 65 (a demographic strongly favored by Republicans), would be eligible to vote by mail. The small percentage of Georgians who are still able to vote by mail will have to obtain a witness signature on their ballot and attach a copy of their photo ID, which requires access to a photocopier or printer. The new law would make Georgia one of the most restrictive states in the country to vote by mail.
Republicans in Georgia have written every aspect of the state’s already strict voting laws, and for many years have promoted mail voting, specifically exempting mail ballots from voter ID requirements because they do not want their voters, older and more rural, to be denied the right to vote. Their position changed abruptly in November, when more Democrats than Republicans voted by mail for the first time.
The Senate bill comes on the heels of legislation introduced by Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives last week Eliminate Sunday voting, A measure apparently designed to quell black turnout by targeting the Souls to the Polls campaign organized by black churches. The invoice was namedJim Crow wearing a suit and tie. ” […]
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“The 2013 Supreme Court ruling repealing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered what many had feared: subjecting minorities, seniors, and low-income Americans to unfair punitive barriers preventing them from exercising their most basic rights as US citizens.”
~~ Delegate. Marc Vessey (2016)
On this date in the Daily Kos in 2012– Recent poll: Americans hate the group, unless they know what it’s doing:
Hand it over to conservative narrative maker Frank Luntz and his Republic. Long enough thread hammer, dive into it. In this case, the “job killing” laws, which a large portion of Americans think are appalling. Check out the latest Pew survey:
Currently, 52% say government regulation of business usually does more harm than good, while 40% believe business regulation is necessary to protect the public interest. These views are similar to January 2008, before the financial crisis and the onset of the economic recession.
This past March, opinion was more divided. 47% say business regulation is necessary to protect the public interest while 45% say government regulation does more harm than good.
Most of the difference between last year and now is between Republicans, who are fed with a spoonful by their elected representatives and become more and more entrenched in their fear and aversion to government. Three-quarters of them share the view that regulation does more harm than good, and 83 percent of conservative Republicans who define themselves say regulation is harmful.
But the numbers really start to erode as the survey goes beyond the general idea of organization, and begins to look for what the term actually means.