Lawmakers Pass New Voting Restriction Bill

Lawmakers Pass Special Voting Restrictions

( – The nation is still reeling from the disputed 2020 elections. Several election-related lawsuits continue winding their way through the nation’s courts. A number of state legislatures have taken up the cause, passing new election laws to avoid a repeat of what happened last November.

Georgia’s senate has passed a bill rolling back changes to the state’s election laws recently enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Republican-led chamber approved the bill along party lines by a margin of 29 to 20 on Monday, March 8.

The legislation provides for the discontinuation of no-excuse absentee voting. Under the new bill, it would restrict absentee voting to individuals 65 years of age and older, those with a physical disability, those who provide continuous care to the critically disabled and people out of town during an election.

The bill also introduces a requirement for voters to provide identification in the form of a driver’s license number, state identification number, or another official form of identification.

The proposal will now advance to Georgia’s House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. Republicans control the chamber by a margin of 103 to 76, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is a Republican.

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