The Georgia Senate is moving to consider repealing no-excuse absentee voting.
Georgia Republican lawmakers are pushing to clamp down on voting rights Monday, potentially passing a sweeping election bill that among other things would repeal no-excuse absentee voting.
Under SB 241, voters would need to be 65 years old or older, absent from their precinct, observing a religious holiday, be required to provide constant care for someone with a physical disability, or required to work “for the protection of the health, life, or safety of the public during the entire time the polls are open,” or be an overseas or military voter to qualify for an absentee ballot. The bill aims to undo a 2005 Republican-backed law allowing no-excuse absentee voting.
The bill also creates ID requirements to request an absentee ballot, requiring anyone who does not have a state identification or state driver’s license to submit a copy of an approved form of ID when requesting an absentee ballot as well as when submitting their absentee ballot.
The bill would also establish and maintain a voter hotline at the State Attorney’s office for complaints and allegations of voter intimidation and illegal election activities, require Georgia to participate in a multi-state voter registration system in order to cross-check the eligibility of voters, limit the use of mobile voting locations, require a court order for extending polling hours, and would give the legislature authority to temporarily block any emergency voting rule changes, among a host of election law changes.
Why should you care?
This is a great way to stop rampant voter fraud. Absentee ballots should only be used by those who need them. If you are able to get to the voting booth then you should.
This alone will not stop the steal we saw in 2020 but paired with other election security measures this will be a great step.
It will also establish a hotline for calling out voter fraud.
-The Georgia Senate is moving to get rid of no-excuse absentee ballots
-Establishes a Voter Fraud hotline to call out instances of fraud
-Need a court order to extend hours at voting locations
-limit mobile voting
-legislative authority to block rule changes
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