Last week, Georgia House Republicans hurriedly introduced and held hearings on HB 531, a bill to tear down essential ballot access measures that helped more Georgians than ever before vote in the 2020 general election and 2021 runoff election. The proposal includes legislation that would end Sunday early voting, prevent post-general election voter registration for a runoff election, and collapse absentee ballot application and early voting timelines.
If these proposed voter suppression tactics were in place in the 2020-2021 general and runoff elections, at least 2,276,863 Georgians’ votes would have been affected.
“Under the Georgia GOP’s plan to dismantle our elections system, over 2.2 million Georgians’ votes would have been affected, causing with hours-long lines during early vote, overwhelming elections offices, or even preventing voters from casting their ballots at all,” said Maggie Chambers, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “This bill is a direct attack on Georgia voters, especially the communities of color who are already more likely to face long lines and barriers to casting their ballot. Georgia Republicans are gutting voting access because they couldn’t win when more Georgians voted.”