posted by geeblock
To answer your question tho
1. The law removes the vote of the secretary of the state from the election board, even tho under the ga constitution the Secretary of State oversees elections. It also puts the board under control of the legislature.
The election board can suspend or remove any local official at anytime and for any reason. If this was the case in November they would have been able to do exactly what DT wanted them illegally to do like firing election officials in dekalb and Fulton counties. Then sending in cronies to say it’s fraud and throw out AA votes.
You can still vote absentee but it’s now illegal for officials to send applications to every voter. It reduces time to request a ballot and restricts organizations that help people get absentee ballots. It also requires absentee voters to jump through hoops that in person voters don’t.
They are ending early voting at 5 pm making it harder for people who work to get to the polls after work. It also limits mobile voting units.
It limits the number of ballot boxes unnecessarily and makes it harder for officials to place new ones.
I’m not even going to get in the absurdity of the water/food regulations as I know u can’t provide any reason this was necessary and just kind of ignore it, but if it didn’t matter they wouldn’t do it.
They also ended voting on Sunday’s when many programs took black people to vote after church on Sunday’s.
Can all of these things be overcome ? Sure. But in an extremely close election it could certainly matter. Overall as I have said I think it’s going to have the opposite effect and it’s going to cause a rally that has not been seen before to get voters out in GA.
Overall the laws discourage absentee voting and increase chances of longer lines at the polls in urban areas.
Overall 5 million people voted in Georgia and they decided they didn’t want trump or loeffler. The election was decided within 12,000 votes. So instead of trying to win 12,000 votes they are 100 percent setting themselves up to gain an advantage however slight in 2024. I think most objective people see that. It would make no sense for them to go through all that just to make laws that don’t benefit gop. You would have to be incredibly dumb or a liar to not admit it.
I think that is mostly right reading through the language, except...they did keep the Sunday voting. That was taken out at the last version that passed.
To me, the Secretary of State being removed from the State Election Board that will now be headed by partisan Republicans that can block anything a County wants to do is the biggest thing.
Again, the GA Secretary of State did a great job last year. His reward is he gets his power kneecapped.