Georgia Gov Signs Integrity Bill to Protect Future Elections from Mail-In Voter Fraud
Governor Brian Kemp (R) makes election reform bill state law
Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, has signed a bill into law that bolsters future elections by protecting against mail-in voting-linked voter fraud, among other things.
The bill strengthens voting rules in the Peach State by establishing photo ID requirements for absentee voters and limiting the number of ballot drop boxes.
Before reaching Kemp's desk, the legislation, Senate Bill 202, was passed along party lines by Georgia’s General Assembly with votes of 34-20 in the Senate and 100-75 in the House.
It seeks to ensure more fair and safe elections by enhancing voting rules.
The bill will “require voters to provide a driver’s license or state-issued ID card number to request and submit absentee ballots," according to The Hill.
It will also "curtail the use of ballot drop boxes, limiting their placement to early-voting locations and making them accessible only while the precinct is open.”
Georgia’s Secretary of State, currently held by Brad Raffensperger, would also be removed as chair of the State Elections Board.
In addition, the bill, which has now been signed into law, shortens the runoff election span, taking it from nine weeks after the general election to four weeks and prevents food or beverages from being given to voters who are waiting in line to vote.
Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), now the head of a key grassroots organization Greater Georgia, applauded the passage of the bill:
2020 saw rapid and inconsistent changes to our elections.— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) March 25, 2021
Today's passage of SB202 will restore confidence by strengthening election integrity & expanding access to voting.
Thank you to the Georgia Legislature & Governor for your leadership in this effort.
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Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, the state assembly has ordered an investigation into the 2020 presidential election results amid allegations that laws were broken during the vote count, according to reports.
On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled assembly voted to pass a resolution to authorize the probe, as Neon Nettle previously reported.
The resolution received overwhelming support, passing on a 58-35 party-line vote.
After passing the resolution, the state's elections and campaign committee will now have subpoena power.
Committee officials can use the powers to compel testimony and gather documents during their investigations.
The probe will investigate alleged voting irregularities in the battleground state narrowly won by Joe Biden.