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Advocates say new Georgia GOP voting bill targets Black voters

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 06: The Georgia State Capitol is seen on January 06, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the January 5th run-off Senate election. The race between Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) has yet to be called. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Georgia voting rights groups are denouncing a sweeping voting bill introduced this week by Republican state legislators as a "direct attack on democracy" and on Black voters.

(CNN)Georgia voting rights groups are denouncing a sweeping voting bill introduced this week by Republican state legislators as a "direct attack on democracy" and on Black voters.

Republicans in the state, citing baseless allegations of voter fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and other GOP officials, have moved to roll back access to mail-in voting and early voting.

"After stunning losses in the general election and January runoffs, it's no mystery why Georgia Republicans have rushed to enact restrictions on early, absentee and weekend voting.

"Georgia Republicans saw what happens when Black voters are empowered and show up at the polls, and now they're launching a concerted effort to suppress the votes and voices of Black Georgians. "

The new voting bill is the latest effort by the GOP to clamp down after the record turnout in the state for the November election and Senate runoffs that turned the state blue.

Georgia state senate Republicans just two weeks ago introduced their own sweeping voting bill including measures that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting and automatic voter registration.

Eliminating Sunday early voting blatantly targets a mobilizer of voters of color: Black churches that run Souls to the Polls operations," Nancy Abudu, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center Fund, said in a statement.

Republican state legislators and secretaries of state on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission that will examine current voting laws.

Nearly 30 voting rights groups pushed back against the Georgia bill, including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight Action, demanding in a joint letter to Republican House Speaker David Ralston and Rep. Barry Fleming, chair of the Special Committee on Election Integrity to put a "pause on deliberations" of the bill.

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