Georgia GOP launches 'devastating' attack on Black voter drives

Georgia GOP launches 'devastating' attack on Black voter drives
Stace Abrams // CBS

Republicans in the state of Georgia are launching what voting rights advocates are calling a direct attack on the "souls to the polls" voter drives regularly used by Black churches in the state.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that new legislation proposed by Georgia Republicans would ban early voting on Sundays, which would effectively end Black Churches' voter drives.

A coalition of voting rights advocates decried the measure and said it would have a "devastating" impact on voting rights in Georgia.

In addition to banning Sunday voting, the bill would also make it illegal to hand out food and drinks to voters stuck in long polling place lines and would mandate that "absentee ballot drop boxes could only be located inside in-person early voting sites during working hours."

The bill also makes absentee voting more onerous by requiring a driver's license number, state ID number or copy of photo ID when requesting an absentee ballot.

Sara Tindall Ghazal, a Democratic voting rights advocate, said that the bill as a whole is a "horror show" for voting rights and said that efforts by the Georgia GOP to jam it through were "absolutely shameless."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.