Stacey Abrams continued her crusade against Georgia’s new voting law this week by providing lawmakers with a long list of reasons why she finds the changes both restrictive and racist.
The Democratic voting rights activist has openly criticized the law, saying it will have a disproportionate effect on voters of color. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, she prepared to make her point.
When Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) Asked Abrams to clarify the provisions of the new Georgian voting law she opposed, she did not hesitate.
“This shortens the federal liquidation period from nine to four weeks,” she said. “This limits the length of time a voter can request and return a request for a postal vote. It requires voters to have photo ID or other form of identification that they are prepared to hand over in order to participate in the postal voting process. ”
At one point, Kennedy asked Abrams to start over, citing an audio delay. But after about two minutes, he cut her off completely.
“OK, I got the idea,” he said.
Images of Abrams’ thoughtful reviews have gone viral. Many of his supporters remembered his indelible role in the 2020 presidential election and responded with praise.
At another point during the four-hour meeting, Abrams had a tense exchange with Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who suggested that Democrat-controlled states with similar voting laws did not have been subjected to the same criticisms as Georgia.
Cornyn pointed to New York and Connecticut, which require voters to provide an accepted excuse – such as being away from home or having a disability – to be able to vote by mail, while Georgia does not have such a provision. Noting that the laws of many states “need to be improved,” Abrams said she believed it was the way the laws targeted certain communities that made them racist.
“Intent always matters, sir, and that’s the point of this conversation,” she said. “That’s the point of Jim Crow’s story. That Jim Crow didn’t just watch the activities, he looked at the intention. He looked at behaviors and targeted behaviors that were used disproportionately by people of color. “
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (right) has faced stiff criticism last month since the law was passed, which includes limiting the use of ballot boxes and banning donating food or water for people in line to vote.
Earlier this month, Major League Baseball cited the law in its decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver. Likewise, Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua have said they will take a stand against the “regressive” law by moving the production of their next film, “Emancipation”, to another state.
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