State Republican lawmakers eye mail-in voting restrictions in Georgia and other key states
January 29, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Republican state lawmakers in battleground states Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania have moved to impose new restrictions on mail-in voting for future elections.
(CNN)Republican state lawmakers in battleground states Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania have moved to impose new restrictions on mail-in voting for future elections.
Jonathan Diaz, who is legal counsel for voting rights at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, said the current push by some GOP-controlled legislatures to make it harder to vote in upcoming elections is part of what he described as a "long con," by some Republican politicians.
We will require photo identification for absentee voting for cause, and we will crack down on ballot harvesting by outlawing drop boxes," said the state senate GOP when announcing their 2021 legislative priorities in December.
In Pennsylvania, Republicans are looking to completely repeal a no-excuse absentee voting law passed in 2019 through the state's GOP-led legislature.
In Arizona, one GOP sponsored bill would repeal the state's permanent early voting list -- which allows a voter to automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election.
Another bill introduced by the chair of the state's House elections committee, Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, would remove voters from the PEVL who fail to vote in both primary and general elections in two consecutive election cycles and also don't respond to a final notice.