As Republicans try to defend #SB202, county officials are decrying how the voter suppression bill will reduce voting access and increase cost to taxpayers. The latest criticism comes from Gwinnett, where drop boxes will be reduced from 23 to 6. #gapol…
Gwinnett County is Georgia’s second-largest county and one of the most diverse in the state. The provisions in this bill disproportionately burden voters of color, who heavily relied on access to absentee voting and ballot drop boxes to cast their votes in 2020 and 2021.
As Gwinnett’s elections director notes, #SB202 also imposes restrictive ID requirements for absentee ballots and limits the timeframe for requesting absentee ballots.

The result? Gwinnett will need to buy more voting machines and split precincts at taxpayer expense.
#SB202 also bans grant funding to help counties cover costs of elections. As noted by the Gwinnett elections director, the county received $6.5 million in grants in 2020, but Republicans are depriving counties of future grant funds and passing the deficit to taxpayers.
In #SB202, GOP legislators also granted themselves majority control of the State Elections Board and seized power from local elections officials. Director Ledford said, “[The legislature] just took that power away from the county governing authority and put it with themselves.”
We cannot sit back as #SB202 and bills like it are rushed through statehouses in nearly every state. To find out how you can fight voter suppression across Georgia and around the country, visit

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5 Apr
THREAD: 50 Reasons Why Georgia's New Voting Law Really Is That Bad.

Each reason is cited by line so feel free to follow along with the actual text here:…
#gapol #SB202 1/13
HYPERCRIMINALIZATION: Georgia's new law codifies mass disenfranchisement and further expands criminalization policy in the voting process. 2/13
POWER GRAB: Georgia's new law removes significant power from the Secretary of State and gives the GOP-led, gerrymandered state legislature majority control of the State Election Board. 3/13
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25 Mar
THREAD: New polling shows that Georgia Republicans’ voter suppression bill #SB202 just passed in the House isn’t just an anti-democratic power grab -- its key provisions are also overwhelmingly opposed by Georgians. ⬇️ 1/ #gapol…
Nearly 8-in-10 Georgians -- including more than 6-in-10 Republicans -- oppose #SB202 plan to criminalize the handing out of food and water to people standing in line waiting to vote. 2/ #gapol
3/4 of GA voters oppose #SB202 plan to allow the state legislature to take election authority away from local elections officials, counties, and the Secretary of State. Over 70% of Republicans also oppose this plan. 3/ #gapol
Read 6 tweets
22 Mar
JUST NOW: GOP state legislators voted #SB202 out of committee. SB 202 would restrict voters' freedoms and access, as well as giving GOP legislators the unprecedented power to remove and replace entire local boards of elections and take control of the State Election Board. #gapol
Endorsed by @SpeakerRalston, #SB202 would ban Souls to the Polls and weekend voting in runoff elections. In the recent US Senate runoffs, not only were Black voters disproportionately likely to vote on weekends, on 3 out of 4 days, Black voters OUTPERFORMED white voters. #gapol
#SB202 would also criminalize giving water to voters in long lines, and expand opportunities for far-right actors to challenge and intimidate voters. It attacks every aspect of voting access. #gapol
Read 5 tweets
21 Mar
Tomorrow there will be a committee hearing on #SB202, which would restrict Georgians’ freedom to vote, criminalize giving water to voters in long lines, and allow GOP takeovers of local election offices. And voters can’t even read it- the bill still isn’t available online. #gapol
GEORGIANS: call and demand these legislators OPPOSE #SB202
Speaker David Ralston: 404-656-5020
Barry Fleming: 404-656-5125
Alan Powell: 404-463-3793
Jan Jones: 404-656-5072
Chuck Martin: 404-656-5146
Lynn Smith: 404-656-7149
Bonnie Rich: 404-656-5087
GEORGIANS: call and demand these legislators OPPOSE #SB202
Houston Gaines: 404-656-0298
Rick Williams: 404-656-0254
Shaw Blackmon: 404-463-7853
Buddy Deloach: 404-656-0178
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19 Mar
THREAD: Today, 3 days after Barry Fleming dropped a surprise substitute to #SB202, a 94-page mess and the worst anti-voting bill in Georgia, it’s STILL not available online. See for yourself ⬇️ - this is disgraceful and unacceptable. #gapol…
#SB202 combines the worst of #SB241 and #HB531 - limiting weekend voting, criminalizing giving food and drink to voters waiting in long lines, new ID requirements - and adds dangerous new provisions to allow the GOP-led legislature to take over county boards of elections. #gapol
#SB202 attacks voting rights from every angle. Plus, Barry Fleming and the GA GOP are trying to push it through without the public seeing it: despite the bill not even being available online, Fleming indicated he could try to force a vote on it as soon as MONDAY. #gapol
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17 Mar
HAPPENING NOW: Georgia House Republicans led by Rep. Barry Fleming are rushing out a 93-page substitute to SB 202 right before a key committee meeting to try and ram through their anti-voting agenda as part of their unconstitutional attacks on Georgians’ voting rights. #gapol
The substitute not only includes a false and misleading preamble promoting the Big Lie and conspiracy theories, but also mirrors their similarly disastrous assaults on the right to vote, #HB531 and #SB241 - with whole sections copied and pasted into the SB 202 substitute. #gapol
The new bill would lead to longer lines, restrict vote by mail, and more. It also grants the state legislature unprecedented power over elections and the State Election Board while stripping voters of representation. #gapol
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