“Conservatives try to commandeer ‘the big lie’”

…to polls showing strong support for the kind of voter ID requirements that Georgia will apply to absentee ballots, as well as Washington Post fact-checks of President Biden’s false claims about the law’s effect on Georgia’s early-vote poll closing times. McConnell added that “a host of powerful people and institutions apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie.” McConnell’s statement follows on a Wall Street Journal column…

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“All eyes are on Georgia. Again.”

Politico: The fight over the future of elections in Georgia — and, some say, the soul of the nation — is playing out on multiple fronts, materializing as not only a political battle but also a legal battle, a legislative battle and a moral battle. And now, as businesses from Coke to Delta condemn the law, and Republicans threaten to retaliate by zapping their tax breaks, it’s become a corporate battle, too. On Friday, the sports world got involv…

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“Georgia’s Election Law, and Why Turnout Isn’t Easy to Turn Off”

…ctoral outcomes. The evidence suggests it does not. The fight over the new Georgia election law is only the latest example. That law, passed last week, has been condemned by Democrats as voter suppression, or even as tantamount to Jim Crow. Democrats are understandably concerned about a provision that empowers the Republican-controlled State Legislature to play a larger role in election administration. That provision has uncertain but potentially…

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“Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion”

NYT: Georgia has sharply limited voting access, making drop boxes less available and forbidding anyone to hand out water to voters in line. Florida and Texas are poised to advance similar legislation. Alabama’s strict voter identification law is being used as a template elsewhere. As states across the South race to establish new voting restrictions, Virginia is bolting in the opposite direction. The Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, this week…

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“What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does”

NYT analysis: Go page by page through Georgia’s new voting law, and one takeaway stands above all others: The Republican legislature and governor have made a breathtaking assertion of partisan power in elections, making absentee voting harder and creating restrictions and complications in the wake of narrow losses to Democrats. The New York Times has examined and annotated the law, identifying 16 provisions that hamper the right to vote for some…

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“How We Voted in 2020: A look at the Survey of the Performance of American Elections”

…trict of Columbia, and 1000 interviews were conducted in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. We’re grateful to many folks for making this year’s survey possible, including the Democracy Fund, which supported the 2020 SPAE in part. On Monday, March 29th, we released a report summarizing our findings from the survey, as well as the SPAE questionnaire and data. We encourage you to read…

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Brennan Center: Number of Suppressive Voting Bills Up to 361; 5 Laws Already Enacted

…n the largest number of restrictive bills introduced are Texas (49 bills), Georgia (25 bills), and Arizona (23 bills). Bills are actively moving in the Texas and Arizona statehouses, and Georgia enacted an omnibus voter suppression bill last week. Many bills seek to undermine the power of local officials. After county election officials conducted elections during a pandemic and stood up to pressure to manipulate the results, state lawmakers are no…

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Georgia Legislators Advance Bill Making Standing in Line to Vote Over 30 Minutes a “Loitering” Crime Subject to Imprisonment

…rohibiting the provision of even water to voters who wait in line to vote, Georgia legislators on the last day of the legislative session advanced a measure criminalizing line-standing. Under the bill, any voter waiting more than 30 minutes in a voting line may be criminally punished for illegal loitering. Governor Kemp is expected to sign the measure. “We understand in big cities, where lines typically are the longest, people want to vote like ot…

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“Georgia voter limits take root amid weakened Justice Department”

…of veto power over state voting laws it deemed racially discriminatory. In Georgia alone, federal authorities drew on Voting Rights Act powers to review legislative proposals in more than 180 instances, according to a recent lawsuit filed against the latest Georgia law. But the DOJ’s authority to screen racially suspect voting laws under this so-called preclearance process was eliminated by a 2013 ruling by the Supreme Court. As a result, voting r…

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“Hyperbole aside, Georgia’s new rules go against global principles for election fairness”

Larry Garber and Kevin Johnson: Georgia, having just emerged from close presidential and Senate elections, is ground zero in the voting rights debate. Last week Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election law overhaul passed by his fellow Republicans in charge of the General Assembly. Proponents see it as essential for ensuring ballot integrity. Voting rights activists see it as harkening to the spirit of the Jim Crow era. While there has been an element…

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“Judge rules against Georgia’s limits on third-party House candidates”

AJC: Georgia’s steep requirements for Libertarian and other third-party candidates to run for Congress are “overbroad,” shutting them out of the political process, a federal judge ruled Monday. BAN: On March 29, U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May, an Obama appointee, issued an opinion in Cowen v Raffensperger, n.d., 1:17cv-4660. It invalidates the 5% petition for minor party and independent candidates for U.S. House, combined with the fi…

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“After Trump tried to intervene in the 2020 vote, state Republicans are moving to take more control of elections”

…y urged Republicans to do in the fall. On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) of Georgia signed the most far-reaching effort yet into law — a sweeping voting measure that undercuts the power of the secretary of state and local election boards. The new law removes the secretary of state from serving as chair of the State Board of Elections, giving the legislature the authority to appoint a majority of the members, and authorizes the state board to suspen…

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“Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing”

…, even if the contraction does not go as far as some other states (or that Georgia considered),” Hasen wrote in an email. Courts have made it harder to prove intentional racial discrimination, and “a partisan intent, even if it overlaps with race, may well not be enough,” Hasen said. State and federal courts, including judges appointed by Trump, widely rejected lawsuits brought by the former president and his supporters challenging the election re…

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“How the Supreme Court laid the path for Georgia’s new election law”

…13 Shelby County v. Holder decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, Georgia would have had to obtain federal approval for new election practices to ensure they did not harm Blacks and other minority voters.And at another time, before the Roberts Court enhanced state latitude in a series of rulings, legislators might have hedged before enacting policies from new voter identification requirements, to a prohibition on third-party collection of…

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“Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle”

…was among the Trump advisers on a January phone call in which Trump asked Georgia election officials to “find” enough votes to declare him, and not Democrat Joe Biden, the winner of the battleground state. Now Mitchell has taken the helm of two separate efforts to push for tighter state voting laws and to fight Democratic efforts to expand access to the ballot at the federal level. She is also advising state lawmakers crafting the voting restrict…

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“Why the Georgia G.O.P.’s Voting Rollbacks Will Hit Black People Hard”

…hout one of their most essential tools to challenge new laws. For decades, Georgia has been at the center of the voting rights battle, with Democrats and advocacy groups fighting back against repeated efforts to disenfranchise Black voters in the state. As recently as 2018, Georgians faced hourslong lines to vote in many predominantly Black neighborhoods, and thousands of Black voters were purged from the voting rolls before the election. Now Repu…

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“Sweeping changes to Georgia elections signed into law”

…s, understandably, led to a crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia,” Kemp said after signing the bill. Several voting organizations filed a federal lawsuit to stop the bill Thursday night, saying it creates “unjustifiable burdens” especially on minority, young, poor and disabled voters. The lawsuit by The New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter and Rise opposes absentee ID requirements, drop box limits, provisional ballot invalida…

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“Republicans Aim to Seize More Power Over How Elections Are Run”

…Buried in an avalanche of voting restrictions currently moving through the Georgia Statehouse are measures that would give G.O.P. lawmakers wide-ranging influence over the mechanics of voting and fundamentally alter the state’s governance of elections. The bill, which could clear the House as soon as Thursday and is likely to be passed by the Senate next week, would allow state lawmakers to seize control of county election boards and erode the pow…

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“Georgia bill could shift power over elections to GOP appointees”

…s presidential race between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump. County election boards decide on challenges to voters’ eligibility, polling place closures and certification of results. Efforts to change election oversight in Georgia come after Trump made unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen. Recounts, both by hand and machine, confirmed Biden won by about 12,000 votes in Georgia. State election officials have said there’…

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“Why Republican voter restrictions are a race against time”

…s where Republicans are advancing the most severe restrictions — including Georgia, Arizona and Texas — shifts in the electorate’s composition are eroding decades of virtually uncontested GOP dominance. In each of those states — and others such as North Carolina, South Carolina and, in a slightly different way, Florida — the GOP still holds a statewide advantage primarily because of its strong performance among older, non-college-educated and non-…

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“G.O.P. and Allies Draft ‘Best Practices’ for Restricting Voting”

…ing back access to voting. Within days, bills to restrict voting access in Georgia began flooding the Legislature. Of the 68 bills pertaining to voting, at least 23 had similar language or were firmly rooted in the principles laid out in the Heritage group’s letter and in an extensive report it published two days later, according to a review of the bills by The New York Times. The alignment was not coincidental. As Republican legislatures across t…

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Joshua Spivak: California Recall’s Plurality Voting Conundrum: How unusual is that Newsom can lose his seat and gain more votes than his replacement?

…y Replacement: California, Colorado  Yes or No, Different Day Replacement, Georgia, Illinois (though primary may be the same day), Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Rhode Island Yes or No, replaced by Lt. Governor: Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan (only for the Governor, changed in 2012. All other recalls in the state use the New Election model), Oregon (No Lieutenant Governor, replaced by the Secretary of State), Washington. New Election:…

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“Trump looks to take down Raffensperger in Georgia; The former president is expected to endorse Rep. Jody Hice, who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, against the Georgia secretary of state.”

…he state. The call has exposed Trump to potential legal consequences, with Georgia prosecutors investigating whether he improperly tried to influence the election results. Hice, who first won election to his east-central Georgia seat in 2014, is a staunch Trump ally who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. He derided the Democratic-led push to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot as“bogus.” Brendan Nyhan: http…

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“Voting rights becomes a new battleground for US companies”

…to consumer-facing brands’ profits. Coca-Cola was among the donors to the Georgia state senators who sponsored the contentious bills, he said, while Home Depot was one of 46 corporate donors to the Republican State Leadership Committee, which funnelled $144,700 to candidates in Georgia in the last election. Contacted by the FT, Delta and Home Depot emphasised their support for broad voter participation and for “secure” elections. UPS said it was…

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“Why the effects of Republican efforts to limit voting aren’t clear”

…ry and make voting harder in a number of states. Most notably, perhaps, is Georgia, where they’re going after ways of voting that were popular for Black voters and Democrats in 2020 (e.g. mail voting). Democrats and Black advocacy groups are, of course, up in arms and trying to stop the GOP.We can’t know how these changes, if they come to pass, would affect future elections. But by looking at two of the most prominent moves Republicans are trying…

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“Trump’s chief of staff could face scrutiny in Georgia criminal probe”

…ned that the audit was moving too slowly after making baseless claims that Georgia’s signature verification system is rife with fraud. Meadows’ trip set in motion a series of meetings and conversations in a pressure campaign by Trump and his allies that culminated in a Jan. 2 phone call in which Trump told Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” the votes he needed to win. That call, joined by Meadows and others, is now the central focus of an Atla…

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Bob Bauer: “How to Counter the Republican Assault on Voting Rights”

…en the exercise of voting rights proceeds apace. Iowa has already done so, Georgia is poised to act shortly, and others may follow suit. Congress should consider a targeted federal law to counter this march of these draconian state laws. And it could be designed in such a way that some Republicans would support it — or find it uncomfortable to explain why they wouldn’t. This law would make clear that a state may not revise its rules to restrict vo…

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Georgia Law Review Symposium March 25 on “150 Years of Voting In America”

…niversity Law School    Anthony Michael Kreis  Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law    Bryan Sells  Attorney, The Law Office of Bryan L. Sells, LLC Panel 2: The Electoral College and Electoral College Act Panelists: Wilfred Codrington III  Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School    Derek Muller   Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law   David Schultz  Distinguished University Professor of Politic…

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“The Post publishes correction on Trump call with Georgia investigator”

…Jan. 9, The Post reported that then-President Donald Trump, in a call with Georgia’s lead elections investigator, Frances Watson, had instructed her to “find the fraud.” He mentioned that she could become a “national hero,” reported the newspaper. In both cases, the quotes were wrong, as The Post has acknowledged in a correction to the story. “Trump did not tell the investigator to ‘find the fraud’ or say she would be ‘a national hero’ if she did…

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“Coca-Cola, Home Depot come out in opposition to Georgia voting restrictions”

…liberties groups are ratcheting up pressure on major corporations based in Georgia — including Coca-Cola, Aflac, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and UPS — to oppose a Republican-led effort to make it harder to vote in the Peach State. It’s a continuation of a dynamic that emerged after the Jan. 6 insurrection, when a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on the erroneous belief that widespread fraud handed the 2020 election to President Biden: Facing i…

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“For Voting Rights Advocates, a ‘Once in a Generation Moment’ Looms”

…Democrats in Washington and voting rights activists in crucial states from Georgia to Iowa to West Virginia to Arizona — some facing rollbacks in access to the ballot, some with senators who will play pivotal roles and some with both. But after approval of the Democratic bill in the House, the campaign to pass the For the People Act, designated Senate Bill 1, increasingly appears to be on a collision course with the filibuster. The rule requires 6…

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“Georgia voting rights activists pressure big corporations to oppose GOP-backed ballot restrictions”

…ck Voters Matter, told CNBC. Groups including Black Voters Matter, the New Georgia Project Action Fund and the Georgia NAACP on Friday launched the next phase of their campaign in local press and on social media asking supporters to directly contact CEOs, presidents and headquarters of major Georgia-based corporations. They’re urging them to speak out publicly against the proposed voting restrictions and to stop donating money to the Republican le…

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“As GOP makes it harder to vote, few Republicans dissent”

…his own party’s legislation making it more difficult to vote early. And in Georgia, Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan left the room as Senate Republicans approved a bill to block early voting for all but the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc. Duncan instead watched Monday’s proceedings from a television in his office to protest. This is what amounts to dissent as Republican lawmakers push a wave of legislation through statehouses across the nation to…

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“Recording of Trump Phone Call to Georgia Lead Investigator Reveals New Details”

…the six-minute call, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump repeatedly said that he won Georgia. “Something bad happened,” he said. “When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised,” Mr. Trump told the chief investigator, Frances Watson. Listen to Trump Call to Georgia Secretary of State Investigator She responded: “I can assure you that our team and the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], that we are only interested in the tru…

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“The biggest beneficiaries of rising small-dollar donations are often rabble-rousing politicians who vow to take on the Washington establishment”

…false election-fraud narrative – such as Missouri Senator Josh Hawley and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene – have been rewarded with a flood of grassroots donations, more than offsetting the loss of corporate money. And contributions from both small donors and rich individuals looking to fight the Democratic agenda have poured into the party’s fundraising apparatus. … Hawley, the Missouri senator, was pilloried by Republicans and Dem…

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“Georgia Senate votes to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting”

…65 years old, have a physical disability or are out of town. In addition, Georgians would need to provide a driver’s license number, state ID number or other identification. The Senate approved the bill on a party-line 29-20 vote, a one-vote majority of the chamber’s 56 senators required by the Georgia Constitution for legislation to pass. Democrats unified against the voting limitations over three hours of passionate debate, saying the restricti…

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“The Recount Arizona Republicans Are Calling for Has Big Implications”

…een certified. Trump lost Arizona by 10,457 votes, a closer margin than in Georgia, where that GOP-led state conducted a manual hand count of all of its presidential election ballots, and then electronically recounted those same paper ballots. It twice confirmed Joe Biden’s victory over Trump before certifying the result. The investigation that is taking shape in Arizona could be as thorough as what was undertaken in Georgia, or it could descend i…

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“Georgia Senate considers repealing no excuse absentee voting in sweeping election bill”

CNN: Georgia Republican lawmakers are pushing to clamp down on voting rights Monday, potentially passing a sweeping election bill that among other things would repeal no-excuse absentee voting. Under SB 241, voters would need to be 65 years old or older, absent from their precinct, observing a religious holiday, be required to provide constant care for someone with a physical disability, or required to work “for the protection of the health, lif…

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“Mail Ballots Not a Clear Boost for Turnout or Biden”

…hough it could affect unusually close races, like the presidential race in Georgia. For example: In Texas, 65-year-olds turned out at nearly the same rate as 64-year-olds, “even though 65-year-olds voted absentee at much higher rates than 64-year-olds because they could do so without having to provide an excuse,” according to the paper. Some political scientists differ on how to read the results. Emory University’s Alan Abramowitz concludes that t…

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