The Georgia Senate passes a invoice that can reverse postal voting, and the satan is within the particulars
But in 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats flocked to vote by absenteeism while Republicans listened to Donald Trump and didn’t. Not just Democrats. “Although white voters still made up the majority of postal voters, their share of postal voters fell from 67 percent in 2016 to 54 percent in 2020; The proportion of blacks has meanwhile increased from 23 to 31 percent, ”reports the Brennan Center.
And the Georgia Senate Absence Voting Act is designed to suppress black votes more than whites: the law allows absenteeism for anyone over 65, and it just happens that in 2020, “less than half of the Votes are cast – Mail participants under 65 were white, but 60 percent of Mail voters between 65 and 74 and 70 percent of Mail voters 75 and over were white. “
Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp hasn’t said if he’ll sign the bill when it passes the State House. He has expressed support for expanded voter identification requirements for postal voting and his opposition to restricting mail-in voting, so … who knows.
Former President Jimmy Carter criticized the bill and other measures to restrict voting rights in a statement: “As our state legislatures try to turn the clock back through laws that restrict many Georgians from voting, I am discouraged, saddened and angry.”
Georgia House has already passed law restricting voting rights in a number of other ways, including a direct effort to limit black voting by ending early voting on Sundays when black churches run Souls to the Polls programs. This is one of more than 250 bills restricting voting rights tabled in states across the country. Georgia and Arizona – especially the two big red-and-blue flips of 2020 – each have 22 bills against voting.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s electoral protection is at stake unless Senate Democrats reform or end the filibuster and pass new voting laws. Republicans have decided what their problem was in 2020 (and 2018 and January 2021): Too many people, especially those who are not old and rich and white, voted. You are determined to put an end to this. Democrats must fight back not only because it will help democrats win, but because defending democracy requires it.