Former President Trump applauds a Republican-led electoral reform bill in Georgia, a state it narrowly lost in November in a loss it falsely attributed to voter fraud.
“Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature for changing their Rules and Regulations for voters,” Trump said in a statement through his PAC Save America, The Hill reported.
“They learned from the 2020 presidential election parody, which can never be allowed to happen again. Too bad these changes could not have been made earlier! “
The electoral reform bill became law on Thursday. Limits the window in which absentee ballots can be requested and reduces the number of locations and the number of times the polls can be accessed.
The measure also allows state lawmakers to appoint the chairman of the board of elections and to remove and replace county election officials, in a rebuke to the power of elected officials.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who was in charge of the electoral process under the old rules, rejected Trump’s post-election demands to “find 11,780 votes” to change the race for him and the Republican Party.
President Biden called the legislation “Jim Crow in the 21st century” on Friday, saying it dates back to the racial discrimination laws of the last century.
“Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours earlier so workers cannot cast their vote after their shift ends,” Biden said.
“Add rigid restrictions on absentee ballots that will effectively deny countless voters the right to vote. And it becomes a crime to provide water to voters while they wait in line, lines that Republican officials themselves have created by reducing the number of polling places statewide, disproportionately in black neighborhoods. “
Advocates say the new measures will improve the integrity of the elections.