The voting rights organization founded by Stacey Abrams criticized proposed election-related legislation that the Georgia House of Representatives passed on Monday, calling it “one of the strictest and most undemocratic voter suppression laws” in the nation.
Bill HB 531 has received massive pushback in recent days not only from Fair Fight Action, which Abrams founded after losing the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018, but from other Democrats and voting rights organizations as they He was moving through the state legislature Republicans passed the bill through the Republican-controlled state House on Monday and sent it to the state Senate for consideration.
In a Twitter thread Monday afternoon, Fair Fight Action suggested that Georgia Republicans’ move to push the bill was “one more step” toward changing the voting rights of state residents “to the Jim Crow days. “
HB 531 “is a dangerous attempt to roll back voting rights, leading to longer lines and more restrictive rules for absentee ballots, while limiting weekend voting and threatening the privacy of Georgians by create opportunities for identity theft just to request a ballot by mail, “the organization tweeted. In addition to saying that the proposed legislation would make voting difficult for people of color, the group’s Twitter thread also suggested that it would need tax increases to meet the requirements outlined.
The bill “does nothing but harm voters and fuels conspiracy theories to undermine our democratic institutions,” Fair Fight Action tweeted.
One of the bill’s sponsors is State Representative Barry Fleming of the 121st District of Georgia, who was named the new chair of the House of Representatives Special Committee on Election Integrity earlier this year. Fleming told GPB News that the bill was “designed to begin to restore our voters’ trust to our electoral system” after the 2020 elections and said it would also seek to reduce voting confusion by introducing “timelines. more uniform voting “nationwide. Express.
Georgia became a focal point of the 2020 election cycle, as polls showed then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a tight race with then-President Donald Trump. Biden eventually won Georgia, changing the status from red to blue for the first time in a presidential race since 1992. Allegations of voter fraud led some to question the outcome of the elections in Georgia and other battle states, although the allegations were widely discredited and Biden’s victory was finally certified in Congress.
Among the criticisms leveled at HB 531 is that it would limit early voting and put additional restrictions on absentee ballots, which ACLU of Georgia Political Director Christopher Bruce spoke out during a rally on the steps of the Capitol Hill. State of Georgia. from the House vote on Monday.
“Any eligible Georgian who wants to cast his vote, to make his voice heard, should be able to do so easily. But HB 531 does not reflect that goal,” Bruce said in his prepared remarks for Monday’s rally. “At all times, the bill raises new barriers to access and destroys much of Georgia’s existing voting infrastructure.”
Georgia Democrats also spoke out against the legislation Monday, saying it would “threaten the access of millions of Georgia voters to the polls.”
The passage of the bill in the Georgia House of Representatives marked a “dark, dark day” for the state, according to US Rep. Nikema Williams of Georgia, who serves as chair of the Georgia Democratic Party.
“Republicans voted as a caucus to enact the most blatantly racist attacks on voting rights in the South since Jim Crow, after losing to an electoral system they planned, built and oversaw,” Williams said in a statement. “Let history show that instead of fighting for our democracy, these cowards betrayed Georgia voters, discarded truth and facts, and tried to undo Georgia’s legacy as a home for civil rights and accessible elections.”
Newsweek He reached out to Fleming’s office for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.