Georgia was a disaster in the 2020 election. Ultimately, Joe Biden “won” the state in a race so close that he and Trump nearly collided. There were numerous suspicious factors that surrounded Biden’s “win,” so Republican lawmakers stepped up to tighten voting procedures in the state. And Democrats, particularly Joe Biden, are worried.
The law, signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday, makes major, sweeping changes to elections in Georgia. For instance, the new law adds a voter ID requirement for absentee voting. Democrats used the pandemic as an excuse to abuse the absentee voting system and encourage people to vote by mail. And indeed, mail-in ballots helped Democrats heavily in both the presidential election and the January Senate runoffs. People who vote this way will now need to provide an ID or Drivers License number when they submit their absentee ballots. Previously, the state relied on faulty signature matching to verify votes. Absentee ballot request deadlines will also be shortened.
In addition, ballot drop boxes will need to be in early voting locations and can only be accessed during business hours. They also will not be available in the last four days of the election. The law also limits how many drop boxes can exist. The State Elections Board will also be allowed to temporarily suspend county elections if something looks suspicious. The law shortens the timeframe for runoff elections and seeks to end the all-party primary that was responsible for Democrats’ wins. In a win for Democrats, the law expands early weekend voting.
“It should not be harder, it should be easier to vote. We should not put limitations in place. People should be able to vote from home,” says White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “They should be able to use absentee ballots. There should be a range of restrictions that are undone, not put back in place.”
Psaki says Biden is “worried” about the new law. — and he should be. It closes up many of the unethical loopholes Democrats abused and ensures that the people submitting absentee ballots are actual humans. Democrats are right to be worried, as Georgia has made cheating very difficult.