Absentee Voting Limits Bill Dies in Georgia General Assembly

A bill that would have prohibited election officials from mailing absentee ballots to Georgia voters was not passed Friday.

The proposal spluttered amid opposition to limited access to voting after a record number of Georgians cast absentee votes in the state’s primary election. More than half of all primary voters, 1.1 million, voted absentee.

The move came after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger mailed absentee ballot request forms to 6.9 million voters before the June 9 primaries.

While the effort in absentia allowed voters to avoid human contact during the coronavirus pandemic, it also created problems.

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Some counties, especially Fulton County, had difficulty processing absentee ballot requests for weeks, forcing voters to return to the polls. And House Speaker David Ralston said the widespread use of absentee ballots created opportunities for fraud.

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