Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is ‘atrocity’


US President Joe Biden has likened a new voting law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century US South, calling it an “atrocity”. The law adds restrictions to voting that Mr Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans. Republicans say they are streamlining voting procedures and trying to restore confidence in the election system. The president called the law “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “a blatant attack on the Constitution”. The key elements of the legislation: Ensure new ID requirements for requesting mail-in ballots, replacing the current system which simply requires a signature. Ban the practice of giving food or water to voters in line at polling stations. Give the state legislature more power to take control of voting operations if problems are reported. Limit the number of “drop boxes” in which people can place their absentee votes, meaning many will have to travel further. Shorten the early-voting period for all runoff elections.

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