Atlanta, Georgia – Passing through both chambers with ease, the Georgia Republicans passed SB 202, a state bill that imposes strict voting restrictions.
Also known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021, the bill makes it illegal to provide water and snacks to voters waiting in line, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, requires identification for absentee ballots and gives state officials the power to take over local voting boards.
The bill was conceived after Georgia Republicans suffered a defeating loss in the November 2020 elections that help the state turn blue. President Joe Biden won the state of Georgia, and both Democrat newcomers, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, defeated Republican Senators, Kelly Loeffer and David Perdue. Governor Brian Kemp will be up for reelection in 2021 and many are questioning if he will face another gubernatorial race against Stacey Abrams. Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams with just only 50,000 votes. At the time serving as Georgia’s Secretary of State, Kemp was accused of cancelling over 1.7 million voter registrations to help him win the nomination.
After losing the 2018 gubernatorial race, it inspired Abrams to start, Fair Fight, a nonprofit organization that combats voter suppression. Abrams and Fair Fight have been accredited with helping the state of Georgia turn blue during the 2020 elections.
President Joe Biden was the first democrat since former President Jimmy Carter to win the state of Georgia.