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Mar 19, 2018

Sum-Up: Georgia Politicians Push Restrictive Voting Bill

In Georgia, state GOP lawmakers are pushing a bill that would shrink the period in which Atlanta voters can cast their votes. A law passed in the 1970s let Atlanta polling places stay open until 8 p.m. Supporters of the new legislation, which would require polling places to close at 7 p.m. and eliminate Sunday voting statewide, say it’s a matter of restoring uniformity of the state. But opponents say it would restrict voting among those who participate in “souls to the polls” church voter drives, many of whom are African American. The legislation was filed after a Democrat won a special election in a district that includes parts of Atlanta. For the last few months, Nevada Republicans have been trying to recall two Democratic state senators and an independent who caucuses with them. Supporters of the recall effort haven’t really hid the fact that it’s an attempt to replace these legislators with Republicans — giving control of the Senate back to the GOP…

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