Georgia Legislature Passes Big Election Bill

Georgia Legislature Passes Big Election Bill

( – During the 2020 election, President Donald Trump repeatedly questioned the Georgia election results after then-candidate Joe Biden won the state. At the time, the office of Georgia’s Secretary of State was in charge of investigating election fraud, something Trump repeatedly claimed ran rampant in the state. So, Republicans sought to change the investigation method this year, and now, they have.

On Monday, April 4, the Georgia House and Senate passed SB 441, a bill that’ll allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) to look into voter fraud inquiries independently. Before this law, the GBI had to wait until law enforcement or the Secretary of State asked them to assist in the investigation.

The Hill shared more about the legislation:

If signed by the governor, the bill would give almost $580,000 to the GBI to hire four new employees whose sole jobs would consist of investigating elections for fraud. Republicans largely support this bill in the name of election integrity. Yet, Democrats and voting rights activists, such as Aunna Dennis, the executive director of Common Cause Georgia, criticized the law, saying it was a lot of money to “be spent chasing conspiracy theories.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) has 40 days to decide whether or not to sign this bill into law, leaving Republicans to wait and see if their work will come to fruition.

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