Former Democrat President Jimmy Carter just made a rare public statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to new voting proposals under consideration in his home state’s Georgia General Assembly, arguing the changes seek to “turn back the clock” on ballot access.
Carter added the GOP-backed measure to end no-excuse absentee voting appears “to be rooted in partisan interests, not the interests of all Georgia voters.”
The Georgia Republican voting legislation follows a controversial 2020 election that led to Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by a small margin of about 12,000 votes that required a recount.
A 2021 Georgia Senate runoff election also led to two new Democrat Senators from the Peach State. Both Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock won to give Democrats control in a 50-50 tie in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker.
Carter also claimed the Republican efforts “are reactions to allegations of fraud for which no evidence was produced —allegations that were, in fact, refuted through various audits, recounts, and other measures.”
Yet many Americans remain skeptical of the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s legal team presented more than 60 cases to U.S. courts, with only one small win.
Georgia is one of numerous states where Republican lawmakers are pursuing new legislation for voter reform. Many changes resulted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though conservatives claim these exceptions will no longer be needed in future elections.
The state’s legislative battle also takes place as Washington debates the H.R. 1 bill regarding voter reform. The bill addresses many of the same issues under consideration in Georgia.
The state’s voting process could certainly use improvement, as Georgia’s ongoing 2020 vote extended much longer than most of the nation. The problem will be how to improve it, with much of the process facing the same heated political battles seen in the previous election.