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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:14 AM

Georgia Senate to vote on limiting voting access after high 2020 turnout


Georgia Senate considers repealing no excuse absentee voting in sweeping election bill

(CNN) - 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 comes as Georgia has become ground zero for election law changes in the wake of the 2020 election. Republicans in the state, citing baseless allegations of voter fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and other GOP officials, have moved to roll back access to mail-in voting and early voting.

The legislation is expected to pass the GOP-led Senate on Monday in an hours-long session that will also include final debate and votes on at least 11 other pieces of election related bills. Once approved, the bill would go onto the Georgia House of Representatives, where the bill is expected to pass in the coming weeks.


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Reply Georgia Senate to vote on limiting voting access after high 2020 turnout (Original post)
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jimfields33 Mar 8 #1

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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 11:24 AM

1. This is why HR-1 will pass even through a change in filibuster rules.

As always the GOP goes to far. The timing is atrocious as we saw a successful election in 2020. This will motivate senators Not 100 percent to vote for it.

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