Georgia’s Black population turned out in record numbers for the November election. They clinched the victory for Joe Biden, the first Democrat to win the state since 1992.

Now, Republicans in the state want to make it harder for Georgians to vote.…
GA state Republicans have introduced bills to drastically change voting procedures.

One House bill limits weekend early voting to just one Saturday — eliminating early voting on Sundays, when Black churches hold “Souls to the Polls” events.…
The bills, released with little public notice, tick voter suppression boxes:

✅ Adding voter ID requirements to mail-in ballots
✅ Limiting the time frame to request & send back ballots
✅ Ending no-excuse absentee voting
✅ Removing ballot drop boxes…
Georgia isn’t the only state introducing harsh new voting laws.

165 bills to restrict voting access have been introduced across 33 states. That’s over 4 times the amount of similar bills from roughly this time last year, according to the @BrennanCenter.…
GA Republicans experienced firsthand Trump’s efforts to overturn the election when he asked Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” more votes.

Now, the party is using Trump’s own big lie of election irregularities to make voting harder and less accessible.
Sen. @Ossoff: “Sunday would've been Congressman John Lewis's 81st birthday. He committed his life and indeed nearly lost his life in the struggle for voting rights. But as we speak, Georgia’s legislature is considering legislation that would make it harder for Georgians to vote.”

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