cloudyn.png
Thursday April 15th, 2021 7:32AM

Georgia House passes GOP bill rolling back voting access

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.

The bill comes after record turnout led to Democratic wins in Georgia’s presidential election and two U.S. Senate runoffs.

House Bill 531 passed the lower legislative chamber by a vote of 97-72. It now goes to the state Senate for more debate.

The far-reaching bill would require a photo ID for absentee voting, limit the amount of time voters have to request an absentee ballot, restrict where ballot drop boxes could be located and when they could be accessed, and limit early voting hours on weekends, among many other changes.

It is one of a flood of election bills being pushed by GOP lawmakers across the country this year that would add new barriers to voting.

Republicans say the measure is needed to restore the public’s confidence in elections, after former President Donald Trump and his allies relentlessly pushed false claims about fraud.

“House Bill 531 is designed to begin to bring back the confidence of our voters back into our election system,” said Republican Rep. Barry Fleming, the measure’s chief sponsor.

Democrats say the legislation furthers Trump’s lies and would disproportionately affect voters of color.

“It’s pathetically obvious to anyone paying attention that when Trump lost the November election and Georgia flipped control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats shortly after, Republicans got the message that they were in a political death spiral,” Democratic Rep. Renitta Shannon said. “And now they are doing anything they can to silence the voices of Black and brown voters specifically, because they largely powered these wins."

Dozens of protesters gathered just outside the Capitol on Monday in opposition to the bill, chanting “say no to voter suppression” and “protect the vote.”

“Today, before the eyes of this country, Georgia is poised to pass some of the most egregious, dangerous and most expensive voter suppression acts in this entire nation, rolling back years of hardball progress and renewing our own reputation for discrimination,” the Rev. James Woodall, president of the Georgia NAACP, said at the rally.

Alaina Reaves, the president of the Clayton County Young Democrats, was among the protesters.

“We take one step forward and then you know these legislators are trying to bring us up to two steps back,” Reaves said.

Later Monday, the state Senate Ethics Committee approved a Republican-backed bill that would limit who can vote absentee in Georgia to those 65 and older, people with a disability and people who will be away from their precinct on Election Day.

That bill would do away with no-excuse absentee voting adopted by a Republican-controlled legislature in 2005. It could soon move to the full Senate for a vote.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, General Senate Election News, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine
The Biden administration has put the brakes on an exchange of federal land in eastern Arizona that had cleared the way for a massive copper mine
6:12PM ( 16 minutes ago )
In-game video returning to baseball for 2021
Major League Baseball has cleared the way for the return of in-game video on dugout iPads beginning on opening day, with catcher signals obscured by a computer program
6:05PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Heavy rains lead to rescues, road closures in Appalachia
Officials say heavy rain across Appalachia has led to water rescues, mudslides, road closures and power outages
6:01PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Cuomo allegations leave Democrats grappling with response
Democrats across the country celebrated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the face of governing competence as President Donald Trump fumbled his administration’s response to the exploding pandemic last year
5:31PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Stocks rally on Wall Street, S&P 500 has best day since June
Stocks rallied on Wall Street, pushing the S&P 500 to its biggest gain in nine months
5:27PM ( 1 hour ago )
Prince Harry: Split from royal life 'unbelievably tough'
Prince Harry says the process of separating from royal life has been very difficult for him and his wife, Meghan
5:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Georgia House passes GOP bill rolling back voting access
Republican lawmakers in Georgia have muscled legislation through the state House that would roll back voting access
4:08PM ( 2 hours ago )
Cuomo sends letter authorizing probe of harassment claims
New York’s attorney general said she’s moving forward with an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo after receiving a letter from his office authorizing her to take charge of the probe
3:43PM ( 2 hours ago )
Stocks climb more than 2% as investors get back to buying
Stocks are rising across the board on Wall Street as traders welcomed a move lower in long-term interest rates in the bond market
3:25PM ( 3 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
By opting out of video game, ND calls attention to NIL issue
The NCAA’s proposal to permit athletes to earn money from endorsements would stand in the way of players’ names, images and likenesses being used in EA Sports’ new college football video game
5:36PM ( 52 minutes ago )
Supreme Court skeptical about patent judge appointments
The Supreme Court seems likely to find that the judges who oversee patent disputes are not properly appointed
5:06PM ( 1 hour ago )
Senate panel votes to advance Garland's nomination to be AG
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to advance the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general
1:41PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Global shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package
Global shares have advanced on hopes for President Joe Biden’s stimulus package and bargain-hunting after sell offs last week
3:50AM ( 14 hours ago )
Asian shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package
Asian shares have advanced on hopes for President Joe Biden’s stimulus package and bargain-hunting after sell offs last week
2:09AM ( 16 hours ago )
Asian shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package
Asian shares have opened higher on hopes for President Joe Biden’s stimulus package and bargain-hunting after sell offs last week
10:42PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Police detain former Barcelona officials in search operation
Catalan police detained several people after raiding Barcelona's stadium in a search and seize operation related to an investigation into club officials
2:05PM ( 4 hours ago )
France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail
A Paris court has found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to a year in prison
11:11AM ( 7 hours ago )
Police enter Barcelona's stadium in search operation
Catalan police detained several people after raiding Barcelona's stadium in a search and seize operation related to an investigation into club officials
10:09AM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Elections
Conservative gathering to feature Trump's false fraud claims
Some of the nation’s leading conservatives are gathering at a conference in Florida that will endorse former President Donald Trump’s continued dominance in Republican politics and promote his false claim that he lost the election only because of widespread voter fraud
1:52PM ( 4 days ago )
The Latest: Police say 800 pro-Trump rioters invaded Capitol
The acting head of the U.S. Capitol Police says about 800 pro-Trump rioters forced their way into the halls of Congress during the Jan. 6 insurrection
12:02PM ( 4 days ago )
Security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol
The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has told lawmakers investigating the Capitol invasion that he learned only after the attack that his officers had received a report from the FBI that forecast, in detail, the chances that extremists could commit “war” in Washington
12:12PM ( 6 days ago )
General Election News
McConnell says he'd support Trump if he wins 2024 nomination
Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now says he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in 2024
10:19PM ( 3 days ago )
Russia hosts new Kyrgyzstan leader on his 1st foreign trip
Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting the newly elected president of Kyrgyzstan, voicing hope for the Central Asian nation's political stabilization after it saw a violent change of government for the third time in 15 years
10:21AM ( 5 days ago )
For Senate rules arbiter, minimum wage is latest minefield
Elizabeth MacDonough has guided the Senate through two impeachment trials
10:22PM ( 5 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
Impeachment vote becomes defining moment for GOP senator
Seven Republican senators voted to convict Donald Trump at his impeachment trial, but it was North Carolina’s Richard Burr who was the most unexpected “guilty” vote
5:30PM ( 1 week ago )
GOP source: Priebus mulling run for Wisconsin governor
Reince Priebus, a former White House chief of staff to Donald Trump, has called Republican donors and power brokers in Wisconsin to discuss a possible bid for governor or the U.S. Senate
1:05PM ( 1 week ago )
Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republicans' path to power
Former President Donald Trump is stepping up a political war within the Republican Party that could undermine the GOP’s ability to fight President Joe Biden’s agenda and ultimately return the party to power
4:08PM ( 1 week ago )
General Senate Election News
Pastner has Georgia Tech in position to for elusive NCAA bid
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has his team in position to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2010
5:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
Hawks fire Pierce as coach following disappointing start
Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been fired following a slow start to a season of heightened expectations
5:01PM ( 1 hour ago )
As Tokyo nears, the plans for USA Basketball continue
Atlanta coach and USA Basketball men’s national team assistant coach Lloyd Pierce had a one-day coronavirus scare a few weeks ago and had to stay in his hotel room while the matter was sorted out
2:12AM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine
The Biden administration has put the brakes on an exchange of federal land in eastern Arizona that had cleared the way for a massive copper mine
6:12PM ( 16 minutes ago )
In-game video returning to baseball for 2021
Major League Baseball has cleared the way for the return of in-game video on dugout iPads beginning on opening day, with catcher signals obscured by a computer program
6:05PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Heavy rains lead to rescues, road closures in Appalachia
Officials say heavy rain across Appalachia has led to water rescues, mudslides, road closures and power outages
6:01PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Texas power company seeks bankruptcy protection after storm
The largest and oldest power cooperative in Texas is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection citing last month’s winter storm that left millions without power
5:56PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill
Democrats’ efforts to include a minimum wage increase in their huge COVID-19 relief bill seem all but dead
5:56PM ( 32 minutes ago )