Georgia conservatives have long displayed a dangerous pattern of chipping away at the rights of Georgians. They’ve worked to strip away LGBTQ rights through a number of measures and have continuously attacked women’s access to abortion.
But they haven’t stopped there — they’re actively working to chip away our voting rights as well. They know that more voters means less power for conservatives.
Conservatives have pushed strict voter I.D. laws, which disproportionately targets students, low-income people and people of color. They have also worked to rig voting maps in their favor and supported English-only ballots.
Their latest ploy is a bill that would cut voting in Atlanta at 7 p.m., even though Atlanta polls have usually closed at 8 p.m. The bill has already passed the Senate on a party-line vote.
State Sen. Matt Brass, R-Newnan, claims that “Fulton County” and “people that represent the county” asked him to bring this bill forward but, so far, no one has backed him up. In fact, the Fulton County Commission did not ask for the bill, according to a spokeswoman.
Brass claims he’s proposing this bill for “uniformity” — but why not extend voting to 8 p.m. in other counties?
Why instead propose to cut short voting hours in a county that has been repeatedly targeted for anti-voting rights measures and plagued by preventable voting issues?
Our elected officials should be looking at ways to expand voting access and increase voter turnout, but instead Republicans want to strip away voting rights to ensure their power. They know that Georgia voters are frustrated with conservatives.
They know the tides are turning against them.
Let’s keep them worried.
This November, all of Georgia’s executive officers — including governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state — are up for election as well as all of Georgia’s 14 seats in the United States House of Representatives.
Let’s show conservative politicians that Georgians will keep showing up at the polls and fighting back.