Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Points Government Order In opposition to New Georgia Voting Legislation


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reportedly issued an govt order towards the voting regulation signed by Governor Brian Kemp on March 24.

In keeping with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday (April 6), Bottoms directed the Metropolis’s Chief Fairness Officer to implement a sequence of actions, by means of an Administrative Order, to decrease what her workplace describes as “new voting restrictions” imposed by Senate Invoice 202. Her workplace said that the brand new actions will guarantee each Atlanta resident can train their proper to vote.

“The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately impression Atlanta residents—significantly in communities of shade and different minority teams,” Bottoms mentioned in a press release, in accordance with the AJC. “This Administrative Order is designed to do what these within the majority of the state legislature didn’t—broaden entry to our proper to vote.”

It isn’t clear how the mayor’s actions will impression Atlanta’s voting turnout transferring ahead.

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The mayor’s workplace says the order will jumpstart efforts to develop a plan inside the metropolis’s authority to broaden entry to the poll field by coaching workers members on voter registration and normal info on early, absentee, and in-person voting.

Atlanta can be growing plans to supply data on voting registration and absentee voting utilizing QR Codes, water payments and weblinks to metropolis web sites.

Beneath the brand new Georgia voting regulation voting drop containers can solely be situated inside early voting areas and accessible throughout voting hours. Residents of the southern state can be required to supply a driver’s license quantity, state ID quantity or different documentation when requesting an absentee poll. Moreover, voters must request an absentee poll at the least 11 days previous to election day.

Native governments are additionally prohibited from mailing unsolicited absentee poll utility varieties and volunteers can not present meals and water to voters ready in traces.