Black lawmaker arrested for trying to expose Georgian Republicans celebrating racist law

These felony charges are legally questionable, because Georgia’s constitution says lawmakers are “free from arrest during sessions of the General Assembly,” but that hasn’t stopped state soldiers from arresting him. or apparently the authorities to charge him. His offense was to try to shed some sun on what Kemp clearly wanted to hide: his signature of the flagrant suppression of voters in law seated under a painting of Callaway Plantation, a notorious slave plantation. Because, of course, that’s what all these white Republican men revere.

The law itself attacks voting rights in almost every way possible. It requires absent registered voters to submit a driver’s license or other documents to verify their identity, replacing the signature – the only thing every voter has – correspondence process. There are over 200,000 Georgian voters who do not have a driver’s license or state identification number. The deadline for postal ballot requests is 11 days before the election, so people who experience an emergency or other situation during those 11 days that could prevent them from voting on the day of the ballot are out of luck.

Early voting for the second round of elections, like the one that sent two Democrats to the US Senate, has been reduced from three weeks to as little as a week, and requires the second round to take place four weeks after the general election, which leaves little time for early voting. . The new law gives the National Election Commission unilateral power to abolish county election commissions and replace them with their own administrators, and counties will have to provide election results in 6 days instead of 10. It obliges election officials count the ballots all at once, now allowing them to stop until all ballots are completed.

It also limits the locations of the ballot boxes. Georgia Republicans did everything in their power to force voters to line up on election day, and then to top it off, he made it illegal for members of the public to donate food or drink. water to voters who were in line.

President Joe Biden is right. “What worries me is how anti-American this whole initiative is,” Biden said at his press conference Thursday. “That’s crazy.”

Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, joined Canon. He is her pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. “Today is a very sad day for the state of Georgia,” he said. “What we have seen today is a desperate attempt to lock out and bring the people out of their own democracy.”

Election lawyer Marc Elias, the senior lawyer who fought off the ridiculous wave of lawsuits against Donald Trump and Republicans in the November election, has complaint filed in Federal District Court, accusing the new law of violating the US Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. He filed this complaint on behalf of the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter and the student organization Rise.

This bill, Elias Told Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, “shows the ingenuity of the Republican Party in finding ever new ways to attack the vote and attack democracy.… [T]These laws are all aimed at depriving black voters and also young voters, “he said.” The role of the courts is to protect basic rights when politicians do not have to turn to the courts. “

There is also Congress, where these Republicans have no shortage of voters. They blatantly help remove them. The People’s Bill and John Lewis’s Advancement of Voting Rights Act have not yet reached the Senate, but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is promising they will And so on. So in that sense, Georgia might have just done the voting rights a favor. They made the problem as clear as possible.

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