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.
” At least 250 bills are being introduced that involve restricting voter access.” – @BoftaYimam speaks on legislation being introduced in more than 40 states that could potentially contribute the deep rooted voter suppression seen in America. #StartYourDay pic.twitter.com/p9qdPj3AIj
— BNC (@BNCNews) March 26, 2021
- 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.
“Why are you arresting her?” This Facebook Live video from @TWareStevens shows the moment authorities detained state Rep. Park Cannon as @GovKemp was behind those doors signing elections restrictions into law. #gapol pic.twitter.com/U1xMJ6tZrY
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 25, 2021
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.