After the GOP suffered stunning losses in Georgia’s Presidential and Senate elections in November, it appears state lawmakers have rallied to fix one of the glaring issues in the state’s voting system.
Breitbart reported that the Georgia state Senate voted 35 to 18 on Tuesday to approve a law that will require voters requesting absentee ballots to provide valid photo ID prior to receiving the ballot.
According to the Hill, the legislation will “require voters to submit a driver’s license number, state identification card number or a photocopy of an approved form of identification in order to vote absentee in the state.
Democrats have fiercely decried the new rule as a form of “voter suppression” because those without a valid driver’s license or state ID card will no longer be able to request absentee ballots. Those voters will still be allowed to vote in person, State Sen. Larry Walker (R) noted.
Democrat activists have made it clear that protecting the integrity of our elections is the last thing on their minds, instead championing new ways to get as many people to vote as possible with the fewest legal barriers — opening up federal and state elections to fraud at all levels.
“It’s not about disenfranchising voters,” Walker, one of the GOP co-sponsors of the bill explained. “It’s not about overly burdening the electorate. It’s about efficiency, integrity, allowing the Georgia public to have confidence in the vote. The public can have confidence and trust in the integrity of our election results.”
Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church cried racism in protest of the bill’s passage, claiming that the GOP-led effort is another attempt to suppress the black vote in the Peach state.
“It was these very same Republicans who passed these laws a few years ago that provided for absentee ballot, that provided for early voting, that provided for ballot boxes,” Jackson lamented.
“These very same Republicans, when it worked for them, it was nothing wrong with them. But now that Blacks and people of color are using these processes to vote, that’s why now they say we’ve got to stop it,” he declard.
The controversial bill will now proceed to the Georgia State House of Representatives for approval.