The lasting legacy of the presidency of Donald Trump will be the undermining of trust in the democratic system for millions of voters who blindly followed his lies and conspiracy theories about a mass effort to steal the election from him. That lasting legacy is the inspiration for dozens of new bills in states that had previously voted Republican that voted instead for the Democrat, Joe Biden, to suppress the vote in 2022.
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp, who served as Georgia’s secretary of state in charge of overseeing the vote while running for his seat against Democrat Stacey Abrams, signed a bill limiting early voting, expands ID requirements, eliminates ballot drop boxes, cuts weekend voting days, and even criminalizes handing food or water to voters who stand in line for hours waiting to cast their ballots.
Stacey Abrams, a powerful voice for Democrats in Georgia who is credited with much of the success after her traditionally red state voted for Biden as well as Sen. Jon Ossoff and Sen. Raphael Warnock, giving Democrats the majority, responded to the passage of this sweeping voter reform bill, calling it “Jim Crow 2.0.”
The truth behind the bill is that it limits voting mostly in urban areas, restricts poor people (who are disproportionately black) from voting, cuts down efforts by black voter drives that take place on Sundays known as Souls to the Polls, and it’s all a solution without a problem. The 2020 elections, which Trump tried so hard to convince everyone that he really won that he may now face criminal charges for trying to interfere in the democratic process in Georgia, were secure and no widespread or even minimally impactful number of illegal ballots were cast.
Republicans know they can’t win when everyone is allowed to vote. That’s the sole reason for these reforms.
Twitter let Abrams know that they’re with her in the fight to preserve democracy. Read some of their comments below: