In GA, New Voter Suppression Bill Would End Voter Drives At Black Churches

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia legislators have introduced a bill “that would impose absentee voting ID requirements, limit drop boxes and ban early voting on Sundays.”

The bill was introduced last week and could come up for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives this week, according to the report.

The proposal to end in-person early voting on Sundays would be a blow to Black churches that host “Souls to the Polls” get-out-the-vote events. Early voting would only be allowed on weekdays and on one Saturday.

“By seeking to eliminate Sunday voting, you are targeting people of faith whose jobs and economic circumstances make it hard for them to get to a polling place,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, president of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, a civil rights and economic justice organization. “Many of these are people of color and low-income citizens who have transportation issues or have long work hours.”

Republican legislators said the proposals would boost voter confidence through new voting laws after November’s presidential election raised doubts among their constituents.

The AJC reported that the bill includes “initiatives such as requiring a voter to submit either a driver’s license number, state ID number or copy of photo ID when requesting an absentee ballot” and “also would set an absentee ballot request deadline 11 days before election day.”

Read the full report.

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