Biden denounces Georgia over new voting law

Joe Biden criticized Georgia over legislating new voting laws with new restrictions.

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Joe Biden criticized Georgia over legislating new voting laws with new restrictions.

He said that despite creating solid democratic principles in America regarding voting rights, the Republicans preferred taking away the right to vote with an un-American mindset. He also called this move unconstitutional and blatant from the scratch. Activists in Georgia pressurized the republicans overhearing their appeals regarding voting rights. A sheer campaign was initiated by the activists.

Two voting rights groups, the New Georgia Project and Black Voters Matter, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law hours after Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed it on Thursday evening. They said that the legislation is against the law to vote and also the US constitution. Several more lawsuits are expected in the coming days.

Donald Trump, who lost Georgia by around 12,000 votes in 2020, celebrated the changes Friday. In a nod to the political benefit to Republicans, Trump said “too bad they could not have happened sooner.” A spark between Democrats and that of Republicans has started again. This may take the rivalry to another level if the law is not annulled as soon as possible. 

“Today is a very sad day for the state of Georgia,” Warnock said. “What we have witnessed today is a desperate attempt to lockout and squeeze the people out of their democracy.”

The bill also shortens the runoff election period from nine weeks to just four, with no guarantee of weekend early voting, which Black voters disproportionately use. Republicans won every statewide runoff race in Georgia between 1992 and 2021 when they lost two US Senate runoff elections. The shorter runoff period, Barron said, would make it harder to get mail-in ballots out to voters.

Republicans who pushed the bill have said it is needed to increase confidence in the election process. Several recounts of the 2020 race showed there was no evidence of fraud.

“What are the parts of the bills that are supposed to increase confidence? That would be my question. I don’t see anything in the bill that does that,” he said.