The ACLU of Georgia proudly champions, protects, and defends YOUR constitutional right to vote. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy upon which all of civil liberties rest.
Following the 2016 election, the fight for voting rights remains as critical as ever. Politicians across the nation continue to engage in voter suppression, efforts to stop citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Through litigation and advocacy, the ACLU of Georgia is fighting back against attempts to curtail as well as fighting to expand access to this fundamental right in our democracy.
GEORGIA'S ANTI-VOTER LAW (SB 202)
Georgia’s anti-voter bill attacks absentee voting, criminalizes Georgians who give a drink of water to their neighbors, allows the State to takeover county elections, and retaliates against the elected Secretary of State by replacing him with a State Board of Elections Chair chosen by the legislature—rather than the voters.
How does this effect Georgia voters?
- The State forces citizens who need to vote by mail to risk identity theft.
- The State cuts off citizens’ ability to apply for an absentee, mail-in ballot 11-days before the final election day without any provisions for emergencies such as the need to quarantine for COVID. Governor Kemp applied for an absentee ballot the Friday before the 2020 November election and used a dropbox for this very reason.
- The State restricts drop box locations and hours to inside early voting locations during office hours only. Last election, drop boxes were located outside of buildings and accessible 24/7.
- The State can take-over local election boards and hire and fire local employees when an election result displeases a politician.
- The State can put in jail citizens who offer food or water to voters standing in line for hours in the heat.
- The State bans local counties, cities, and towns from receiving private funding which has paid for things such as generators during a terrible storm on Election Day.
Civil rights groups filed a new federal lawsuit against Georgia’s sweeping law that makes it much harder for all Georgians to vote, particularly voters of color, new citizens, religious communities, and people with disabilities.
The lawsuit challenges multiple provisions in SB 202, including the following:
- ban on mobile voting
- new narrow identification requirements for requesting and casting an absentee ballot
- delayed and compressed time period for requesting absentee ballots
- restrictions on secure drop boxes
- out-of-precinct provisional ballot disqualification
- drastic reduction in early voting in runoff elections
- perhaps most cruelly, ban on “line warming,” where volunteers provide water and snacks to Georgians, disproportionately those of color, who wait in needlessly long lines to cast their vote.