Biden Says Georgia's New Voting Law Is 'Jim Crow In The 21st Century'

Written by on March 26, 2021

President Joe Biden slammed the most important voting regulation Georgia lawmakers handed Thursday, which is able to severely prohibit voting entry within the state.

“That is Jim Crow within the 21st century,” he mentioned in a press release, acknowledging how elements of the regulation disproportionately influence Black voters. “It should finish. Now we have an ethical and constitutional obligation to behave.”

“This regulation, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses throughout the nation, is a blatant assault on the Structure and good conscience,” Biden mentioned.

Amongst a number of different provisions, the regulation creates stricter voter identification necessities for absentee balloting, limits drop packing containers, ends voting hours earlier and makes it against the law to supply meals or water to voters ready in strains.

These are strains, Biden argued, that “Republican officers themselves have created by decreasing the variety of polling websites throughout the state, disproportionately in Black neighborhoods.”

The brand new regulation comes as Republicans proceed to push unfounded claims of voter fraud. Georgia went blue within the 2020 presidential race and elected two Democratic senators. 

“After the November election final yr … important reforms to our state elections have been wanted,” Gov. Brian Kemp (R) claimed whereas signing the invoice. 

Biden dismissed these claims Friday.

“Recount after recount and courtroom case after courtroom case upheld the integrity and end result of a clearly free, truthful and safe democratic course of,” he mentioned. 

A number of civil rights teams have sued Georgia over the regulation, saying it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 together with the First and 14th Amendments.

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