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‘Black people are under attack’: GA Governor signs voter suppression bill

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A sign at the street points voters to a polling place at Dawnville United Methodist Church in Dawnville, Ga., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Matt Hamilton/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
By: Alyssa Wilson

Governor Brian Kemp signed a new bill into law limiting access to voting in the state of Georgia in a move many are calling voter suppression.

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According to CNN, the passage of SB 202:

  •  Limits access to voting drop boxes
  • Makes giving food or drinks to voters a misdemeanor crime
  • Allows for unlimited challenges to voter registrations and eligibility
  • Sets up a fraud hotline 
  • Requires counties to keep counting ballots without a breaks
  • Shortens the runoff cycle from nine weeks to four weeks

Representative Park Cannon was arrested by Georgia state troopers for knocking on Kemp’s door as he signed the bill into law. 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the officers forcibly removed her and dragged her through the Capitol before putting her in a police car. 

Advocates against voter suppression have referred to the bill as “Jim Crow 2.0.”

Start Your Day hosts Sharon Reed and Mike Hill discussed the bill and how it is voter suppression. 

“Black people are under attack by white legislators here in Georgia and throughout the country,” Reed said. 

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