Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) and the Southern Poverty Law Center submitted written testimony in the Georgia State Senate Senate Ethics Committee opposing Senate Bill 67 (S.B. 67). S.B. 67 is a calculated attempt to disenfranchise people of color. The bill would create new restrictions for mail-in voting, including a photo ID requirement and the end to at-will absentee voting. If S.B. 67 passes, it will put in place unnecessary burdens to voting and disproportionately impact voters of color, voters with disabilities, low-income people, rural residents, and students. Introduced as a way to address a “problem” with election security, supporters of the bill have yet to provide concrete facts or evidence that Georgia’s current system is not secure. Georgia’s mail-in voting measures have been in place and utilized by white voters for years. Only after the historic 2020 Election when voters of color also started using mail-in voting in large numbers did concerns of security manifest. SB 67 is a clear attempt to dilute the participation and political power of voters of color.
Read the full testimony here.
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