Georgia's GOP Overhauled The State's Election Laws In 2021

Critics argue the target was black voter turnout, not election fraud.
By: The Conversation
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ATLANTA - Oct. 23, 2022 - PRLog -- By: Richard F. Doner, Emory University

Details Of The New Georgia Law

One part of the law restricts the use of drop boxes, used most extensively by voters of color.

A second involves the State Elections Board, the state agency charged with administering elections in a nonpartisan way. The Board, now composed of four Republicans and one Democrat, is subject to review by the GOP-controlled state legislature and has the authority to take over election boards, including in counties with Democratic majorities and large populations of Black and other voters of color.

Finally, the new law allows any Georgia voter to challenge an unlimited number of other voters in their county. That provision already led to consequences after the state's May 24, 2022, primary and foreshadows potential problems after the upcoming midterm elections.

According to the New Georgia Project, a voting rights group that is tracking the impact of the new law, about 64,000 challenges were filed statewide – with about 37,000 of them in the Atlanta area alone – and at least 1,800 mostly Black or Democratic voters' names already have been removed from the voter rolls.

While the state Board of Registrars upheld the voting rights of the vast majority of challenged voters, voting experts disagree on how voting rules impact voter turnout or erode public trust, especially in a state with a history of discriminatory voting laws that affect people of color.

Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) has an event at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy, for our future voters called Bring Your Brilliance Short Film Festival held from 10/26/2022 - 10/28/2022. Inspiring students of the future. The soundtrack of one of the films is Burn Flame Rage by a band called Dashade Music based out of Macon, Georgia.

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