Warnock slams GOP-controlled Georgia Legislature for bill that would restrict voter access
March 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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MARIETTA, GA - JANUARY 05: Georgia Democratic Candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock meets with supporters on January 5, 2021 in Marietta, Georgia. Polls have opened across Georgia in the two runoff elections, pitting incumbents Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) against Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Georgia US Sen. Raphael Warnock, in his first Sunday show interview since being elected to Congress in January, slammed the Republican-controlled Georgia Legislature for a massive voting bill that would restrict voter access.
(CNN)Georgia US Sen. Raphael Warnock, in his first Sunday show interview since being elected to Congress in January, slammed the Republican-controlled Georgia Legislature for a massive voting bill that would restrict voter access.
Warnock was referring to a key committee in the Georgia Legislature, which began work this week on a massive new voting bill that would give the state broad powers over local election officials, set limits on weekend early voting and add voter ID requirements for absentee ballots.
He also slammed his Republican colleagues in the US Senate for preparing to block a major voting rights bill that Democrats say is critical to beat back restrictions imposed in GOP-led states across the country.
"Voting rights has traditionally has been bipartisan.
He added: "I think the onus is on my colleagues to explain why they're not supporting voting rights.
Voting rights is not just one issue alongside other issues.
We've got to do everything we can to pass voting rights. "
Georgia has been at the forefront of efforts to set new limits on voting nationwide, following a barrage of false claims by former President Donald Trump that widespread fraud led to his loss to President Joe Biden in November.