Secretary of State discusses Ga. voting law changes

Secretary of State discusses Ga. voting law changes

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Following the November 2020 election, the state of Georgia is moving forward with a new voting law.

The law comes with several new measures, including one to make wait times in line for voting an hour or less and doing away with signature matching. It’ something Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger has been working on since 2018.

The state plans to switch more to an objective measure, making residents bring their driver’s license and birthdate as well as other items.

“This measure is being used in both blue and red states. It’s also being used in Minnesota,” Raffensperger said. Adding this is a good policy and a good procedure.

News Leader 9 also spoke to Wane Hailes, the president of the NAACP Columbus branch on the new voting law. He spoke for the organization saying in part, “The Columbus branch NAACP stands with the Georgia State NAACP and its characterization of the recent Georgia law suppressing the vote of black and brown voters as Jim Crow 2.0.”

Adding, “It’s our hope that as an organization, we can mobilize our members and community to continue to apply pressure on corporations in our state to assist in overriding this decision on a federal level.”

Raffensperger also spoke to WTVM on behalf of the current lawsuits filed against his office saying, “We will prevail. That’s what I expect to have happen here. There’s no merit in these lawsuits.”

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