Former President Donald Trump mentioned new voting restrictions handed within the state of Georgia are “too weak” as Governor Brian Kemp (R) and his authorities proceed to face harsh criticism from advocacy teams who say the restrictions will disproportionately have an effect on poorer communities and folks of shade.
“Georgia’s election reform regulation is way too weak and delicate to make sure actual poll integrity,” Trump wrote in an announcement earlier than taking a jab at early voting procedures.
“Election Day is meant to be Election Day, not Election Week or Election Month. An excessive amount of ‘mischief’ can occur throughout this very lengthy time frame. You noticed that within the 2020 Presidential Election. How’s Ruby Freeman doing?” he mentioned, referring to an election employee he falsely accused of committing voter fraud after he launched a failed marketing campaign to pressure state officers to overturn President Joe Biden’s win.
Trump focused Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger along with Governor Kemp, saying they “ought to have eradicated no-excuse, widespread mass Mail-In Voting, gotten rid of the damaging and insecure Drop-Bins, and will have saved and EXPANDED Signature Verification to do matches towards the historic vote file, amongst different issues.”
Georgia’s Republican legislature final month handed laws that considerably curbs voting rights, together with limiting absentee ballots and imposing stricter identification necessities. It additionally features a measure that makes it a misdemeanor to supply meals and water to voters ready in line.
The state was quickly served with a lawsuit filed by the New Georgia Mission, Black Voters Matter Fund, and Rise, Inc.
“These provisions lack any justification for his or her burdensome and discriminatory results on voting,” reads the lawsuit. “As a substitute, they characterize a hodgepodge of pointless restrictions that focus on virtually each side of the voting course of however serve no reliable goal or compelling state curiosity aside from to make absentee, early, and election-day voting harder — particularly for minority voters.”