Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp will appear on “Fox News Live” at approximately 1:30 pm ET Saturday to discuss the state’s controversial voting law.
The law, which Kemp passed Thursday after the Republican-controlled state legislature passed the bill, requires changing the rules and processes for requesting an absentee ballot, including requiring voters to submit valid forms of vote. photo identification. It also limits drop boxes and the early voting period for tiebreakers.
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Georgia’s bill, HB 513, “further secures” Georgia absentee ballots by mail by requiring photo identification, which the vast majority of Georgians support, “the governor said.” He’s also adding early voting days on weekends. “
House Democrats have introduced HR 1, the People’s Act, which would expand absentee voting, end manipulation, and restrict political donations of “dark money,” among other things, at the national level.
Kemp called HR 1 an “unconstitutional takeover” in an interview Thursday with Fox News.
“We are expanding the right to vote in Georgia. You are not hearing that from the other side. That is the truth, as well as further securing absentee ballot boxes, which did not exist before,” he said.
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Democrats, including civil rights advocates, have argued that the legislation is a throwback to Jim Crow-era laws and puts voters of color at a disadvantage.
Stacey Abrams, who ran against Kemp in 2018, tweeted Thursday that the law targets “black and brown voters” and led to “the arrest of a black legislator who was advocating for the voting rights of her constituents,” which she said. which is a “reminder of Georgia’s dark past.”
President Biden echoed that sentiment in a statement Friday condemning HB 513 as “an attack on the right to vote in Georgia.”
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“Instead of celebrating the voting rights of all Georgians, Republicans in the state were quick to pass a non-American law to deny people the right to vote,” Biden said. “… This is Jim Crow in the 21st century. It must end.”
Fox News Lea’s Brittney contributed to this report.