Today, after Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 202 into law following a rushed process in which Republicans inflated a two-page bill into a 95-page voter suppression omnibus bill and rushed it through the House and Senate to avoid full public scrutiny and deliberation, Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, released the following statement:
“This is a sad day for Georgia. Senate Bill 202 – the most flagrantly racist, partisan power grab of elections in modern Georgia history – is a slap in the face to Georgia’s civil rights legacy. After losing elections because more voters of color made their voices heard, Brian Kemp and the GOP are now trying to outright silence Georgia voters by making it harder to cast a ballot and letting partisan actors take over local elections, against the will of local leaders and the majority of Georgians.
“Let’s be clear: Republicans’ desperate attempt to maintain their grip on power is a dangerous death knell for our democracy, predicated solely on lies fueled by conspiracy theorists and white supremacists. Though it’s unsurprising that Brian Kemp, the architect of voter suppression, is tying his legacy to this racist, anti-democratic bill, it’s no less shameful. He and his fellow Republicans are insulting the memory of heroes like John Lewis who risked their lives for the right to vote, and disempowering the millions of Georgians who have exercised that sacred right as a result.
“Our deepest thanks go to the hard-working members of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses, the organizers, and the activists who have been tirelessly fighting this bill from the start on behalf of Georgia voters across the state. Rest assured that we will fight tooth and nail in court to put this legislation where it rightfully belongs: in the ash heap of history along with the rest of Jim Crow.”
Among worst voter suppression tactics in SB 202 are: