GOP cozies as much as Jim Crow with nonetheless extra voter suppression payments

On Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Senate Majority Chief Mike Dugan launched a invoice repealing no-excuse absentee voting, which 1.three million Georgians utilized in 2020, together with 450,000 Republicans. Beneath his proposal, solely a small subset of voters, equivalent to those that are out of city, disabled, or over 65 (a demographic that leans strongly Republican), shall be eligible to vote mail. The small share of Georgians who can nonetheless forged ballots mail must get a witness signature on their poll and connect a duplicate of photograph identification, which requires entry to a copier or printer. The brand new regulation would make Georgia probably the most restrictive states within the nation for mail voting.

Georgia Republicans wrote each side of the state’s already stringent voting legal guidelines and for a few years promoted mail voting, particularly exempting mail ballots from voter ID necessities as a result of they didn’t need their very own voters, who’re older and extra rural, to be disenfranchised. They abruptly had a change of coronary heart in November, when extra Democrats than Republicans voted mail for the primary time.

The state Senate invoice comes on the heels of laws launched Georgia Home Republicans final week that may eradicate voting on Sunday, a measure seemingly designed to suppress Black turnout focusing on the Souls to the Polls get-out-the-vote drives organized Black church buildings. The invoice has been dubbed “Jim Crow with a swimsuit and tie.” […]


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“The Supreme Court docket 2013 ruling that gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act set in movement what many feared: the subjection of minorities, seniors, and low-income Individuals to unfair, punitive boundaries stopping them from exercising their most elementary proper as Americans.”
          ~~Rep. Marc Veasey (2016)



On this date at Every day Kos in 2012—Pew ballot: Individuals hate regulation, except they know what it does:

You have to hand it to conservative narrative-creator Frank Luntz and his Republicans. Hammer a theme lengthy sufficient, and it sinks in. On this case, “job-killing” laws, which a giant chunk of Individuals suppose is horrible. Take a look at the most recent Pew ballot:

Presently, 52% say authorities regulation of enterprise often does extra hurt than good whereas 40% suppose regulating enterprise is critical to guard the general public curiosity. These views are much like January 2008, earlier than the monetary disaster and onset of the financial recession.

Final March, opinion was extra divided; 47% mentioned regulating enterprise is critical to guard the general public curiosity whereas 45% mentioned authorities regulation does extra hurt than good.

Many of the distinction between final yr and now could be amongst Republicans, spoon-fed their elected representatives and changing into increasingly entrenched of their worry and hatred of presidency. Three-quarters of them share the opinion that regulation does extra hurt than good, and 83 p.c of self-identified conservative Republicans say regulation is dangerous.

However the numbers actually begin to erode when the survey will get previous the broad concept of regulation, and begins drilling right down to what the time period truly means.

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