Kelly Loeffler's new venture is focusing on GOP voter registration + grassroots infrastructure, trying to bring back into the fold many voters who stayed home in her election because of Trump's false voter fraud claims (that she also endorsed+pushed)

foxnews.com/politics/kelly…
I will say, good luck finding an avalanche of unregistered GOP-leaning voters in the next year or so.

One thing the legislature is trying to undo is automatic voter registration, but it’s captured most of the existing voting-age population here, and many new voters lean D.
Yeah this just isn't true - there aren't millions of voters left to be registered in Georgia, conservative-leaning or otherwise.

2020 turnout shows there aren't even really millions of non-voters in GA. Loeffler's group is misleading on that.

greatergeorgia.com
oops!

Well, they did say it's a "candidate neutral" group lol

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23 Feb
NEW: Georgia Senate Republicans have dropped SB 241, their 25 page omnibus election bill that would dramatically restrict absentee voting (ending no-excuse and requiring a witness) and other reactionary measures after Democrats won in Nov+Jan. #gapol

beta.documentcloud.org/documents/2049…
GA SOS office breaks silence with a dig at many of these bills making their way through the legislature. #gapol

"At the end of the day many of these bills are reactionary to a three month disinformation campaign that could have been prevented.” Image
Section 1 would establish a hotline for "voter intimidation and illegal election activities" that the AG's office would have to investigate within three business days.

Not discussed: Who's gonna pay for/staff that. (Also the State Election Board handles elections investigations) Image
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23 Feb
Here's the latest version of HB 531, generously obtained about an hour before the committee meeting to discuss it since chair won't share!

Would still ban Sunday voting and adds a couple more sections that were discussed yesterday.

60 pages now. #gapol

beta.documentcloud.org/documents/2049…
Watch the committee hearing for yourselves at 3:30 here:

livestream.com/accounts/25225…
We're underway, with fill-in chairman Alan Powell. We've got about 4-5 people left to testify. Image
Read 9 tweets
23 Feb
Tune in to the Georgia Senate today at 10 AM to hear debate on voting bills, including one that would add DL/state ID # to absentee applications, another that would require counties to begin processing absentee ballots earlier. #gapol

Watch: livestream.com/accounts/26021… Image
Read more about some of these proposals:
gpb.org/news/2021/02/1…
SB 67 is the bill that has largest support of Republican leaders in the House, Senate, SOS and gov's office.

Paper absentee applications would need your DL number or state ID number (same as on the online portal now) OR photocopy of photo ID.

legis.ga.gov/legislation/59…
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23 Feb
Happening now: House Election subcommittee meeting, hearing three bills that would weaken the State Election Board's rulemaking ability, strip the Secretary of State of SEB voting power and allow the SEB to take over local elections, respectively. #gapol

livestream.com/accounts/25225… Image
HB 491 says the SEB "may only adopt emergency rules or regulations in circumstances of imminent peril to public health, safety, or welfare" and would require more notice to more people (they already post rules+emergency rules for consideration tho)

legis.ga.gov/legislation/59…
Rep. Blackmon saying the SEB made emergency rules without any notification or oversight and that's just not true. They've been publicly posted+discussed+reported on.

For example:

Read 9 tweets
22 Feb
Coming up at 3 p.m. - HB 531, the omnibus elections bill that would nix Sunday early voting+limit early/absentee-by-mail voting among others, gets another hearing. #gapol

Read the committee substitute: beta.documentcloud.org/documents/2048…

Watch live: livestream.com/accounts/25225…
Read the current version of the bill, with about 11 more pages and several changes, adding on some smaller bills tackling things like probate judges being sick+candidates dying before the election but winning anyway.

beta.documentcloud.org/documents/2048…
There will be another substitute with some changes... requiring ballots to be printed on security paper, moving deadline to finalize EV sites, L&A testing times sent to state, poll watcher training tweak, clearer font marking 3rd-party absentee apps.

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19 Feb
Happening now - a marathon hearing on an omnibus bill that was dropped an hour before its first hearing yesterday.

Watch: livestream.com/accounts/25225…
There's also a plan to have hearings Monday, so there won't be a vote today.

Chairman Barry Fleming, the bill's sponsor, says today there will be some witnesses before a lunch break.
One change that will be added: language to extend some current districts for a year because of the later census numbers for municipal elections.

Many states are dealing with various deadline headaches around qualifying/redistricting.
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