A new voting law is a crime, according to the majority of Georgia voters and President Biden.
It is now illegal to give water, food to Georgia voters in line for polls. Many officials already expressed that this law is promoting voting suppression. And people agree.
Target Smart conducted a poll. According to the results, 76 percent of Georgia voters said they oppose the provision.
Out of those 76 percent, 83 percent are Democrats and 66 percent support the Republican party.
But, this is not the only negative change in Georgia's voting rules.
The Bill Strips The Secretary Of State's Authority
The new bill gives away all the power to the Republican-controlled legislature to elect a chair through a majority vote.
It stripped the secretary of state of their authority, and now, there are three out of five voting members on the election board already elected.
The same election board has the power to temporarily remove local election officials and replace them with their own appointees, according to the Election Integrity Act of 2021.
The poll regarding this matter states that 76 percent of Georgia residents oppose this change, and 82 percent are Democrats.
More Changes From The Election Integrity Act Of 2021.
Another change is the number of votes in the ballot drop boxes.
The bill also requires that people from Georgia provide a photo ID to vote by mail.
There's also less time for the absentee voters to request their right to vote.
The polls clearly show that all of these issues are not being welcomed by the people.
60 percent said they oppose shortening the time period in which voters in the state can request an absentee ballot, including 83 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Republicans.
The poll additionally found that 59 percent of voters do not approve of the election bill change that limits mail ballot drop boxes across the state.
Governor Brian Kemp Speaks Up
Republican Brian Kemp, governor of Georgia said about the new law:
"After the November election last year, I knew, like so many of you, that significant reforms to our state elections were needed."
"When voting in person in the state of Georgia, you must have a photo ID. It only makes sense for the same standard to apply to absentee ballots as well."
His press secretary, Mallory Blount, wanted people to give Kemp's law a chance:
"For over 10 years, Governor Kemp has led the fight to ensure that elections in Georgia are safe, accessible, and fair."
"The Governor was proud to sign S.B. 202 to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in the Peach State."
President Biden On Georgia's Law
However, Kemp does not happen to have the support of Joe Biden, current President of the USA. Biden said:
"The Republican voters I know find this despicable, Republican voters, the folks outside this White House. I'm not talking about the elected officials. I'm talking about voters."
In a written statement the POTUS called said that the law "is Jim Crow in the 21st Century." He concluded:
"It must end. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act. I once again urge Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to make it easier for all eligible Americans to access the ballot box and prevent attacks on the sacred right to vote."
It doesn't sound like everything's peachy in the Peach state.