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Abrams on GOP efforts to target voting: ‘It is a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie’




“We know that the only thing that precipitated these charges: not that there was a security issue. In fact, the secretary and the governor suffered heavy penalties to assure the United States that Georgia’s elections were safe,” he said. the Democrat from Georgia on CNN. Jake Tapper in “State of the Union.” “And so the only connection we can find is that he voted for more people of color and changed the election result in the direction that Republicans don’t like.”

Republican-controlled legislatures in several states have recently pushed for bills that would restrict voting rights, an effort in response to the former president’s false allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election The Georgia Senate passed. se a very comprehensive bill on voting rights On Monday that, if the law were signed, it would repeal voting for the absence of a non-excuse for many Georgians, a method that 1.3 million residents used to vote for in the November general election.
This year, state legislators from 43 states have introduced more than 250 bills with provisions that would restrict access to voting, according to account from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, signed a new law Monday that makes early voting difficult, making it one of the first states to enact new restrictions. And there have been about two dozen bills intended to restrict voting introduced in Arizona and several have advanced in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an electoral bill this would counter state efforts at the state level to restrict access to voting. But the bill is likely to face challenges in the Senate, where it is unclear whether there will be enough Republican support to overcome an obstacle.
He asked for his message for President Joe Biden and other Democrats who support voting rights but Do not favor the removal of the filibuster, a move that could ensure the passage of the election bill, Abrams told Tapper, “I don’t think it’s necessary to keep removing the filibuster to fulfill the purposes of passing these bills.”

“In the same way that we have seen an exemption engraved in the filibuster rules for judicial appointments, for the appointments of the Council of Ministers and for budgetary conciliation, protection for our democracy, especially as a result of the insurrection of 6 January and continuing in our state legislatures, demands that the entire U.S. Senate recognize that the protection of democracy is so fundamental that it should be exempt from the rules of filibusterism, ”Abrams said.