Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance PantsKeisha Lance Bottoms Mayor of Atlanta Issues Order to Expand Access to Ballots Chelsea Clinton Gets Her Own Podcast Biden: Georgia Law Is ‘Jim Crow in the 21st Century’ MORE (D) issued an executive order Tuesday targeting state-enacted voting restrictions that have dominated political debate for weeks.
The Bottoms order directs the city equity director to develop an “action plan to mitigate the impact on the residents of the city of Atlanta from voting restrictions” as the governor of Georgia. Brian kempBrian Kemp Mayor of Atlanta Issues Order to Expand Access to Ballots Psaki Refutes Fox Reporter’s Claim of ‘Very Similar’ Colorado and Georgia Laws MLB All-Star Game Officially Moved to Denver MORE (R) became law in March.
Actions the officer can take include providing training to staff members and information on early voting, absentee and in person; instruct residents on how to obtain proper identification to vote by mail; and working with the private sector and advocacy groups to implement related public service announcements.
The move is the latest by Democrats to increase access to ballots while fighting restrictions, which have been at the center of a political battle and sparked backlash from lawmakers, private companies and the world of sports.
“SB 202’s voting restrictions will disproportionately affect Atlanta residents, particularly communities of color and other minority groups,” Bottoms said in a statement, referring to the Senate bill that became law. “This Administrative Order is designed to do what the majority of the state legislature did not do: expand access to our right to vote.”
Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The bill Kemp signed into law will enact new photo identification requirements for absentee voting, limitations on the number of ballot boxes to turn in, shorter periods in which Georgia residents can request mail-in ballots, and bans local governments to unsolicited absentee ballot request forms.
It also extends the hours available at polling places for in-person voting and requires each county to have at least one drop box.
Democrats and advocates of the right to vote have taken advantage of the restrictions in the new law, with President BidenJoe Biden Irish Ship Linked to Espionage Attacked at Sea Biden Exceeds Vaccine Expectations: So Far Jill Biden Will Visit Alabama With Actress Jennifer Garner MORE labeling it “Jim Crow 2.0”.
The law has already been affected by a number of lawsuits, but the national debate over the restrictions reached a fever pitch last week when MLB announced it would move its July 13 All-Star Game out of Georgia in protest of the law. The game has moved to Denver.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey has also called the restrictions “unacceptable” and “a step backward,” while Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the law “includes provisions that will make it difficult to exercise by underrepresented voters, particularly black voters, their constitutional right to elect their representatives. “
Republicans have stormed businesses, accusing them of accepting Democrats’ arguments about the law. Kemp has said the law “is worth both boycotts and lawsuits” and that he “will not back down.”
Previous President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp Creates Tool to Help Support Asian-Owned Businesses Ship Linked to Iran’s Espionage Attacked at Sea Biden Exceeds Vaccine Expectations – So Far MORE He has also called on Republicans to boycott MLB and other companies that have criticized the law.
“For years, radical left Democrats have played dirty boycotting products when something from that company is made or stated in any way that offends them. Now they are going big with WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections,” Trump said in a statement. . Saturday.
“The time has finally come for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back, we have more people than them by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco , UPS and Merck, “he added.