Group condemns legislation that would intimidate voters and undermine democracy while calling on Kemp to listen to Georgia election officials and veto this reckless bill
ATLANTA — Fair Fight Action—the national voting rights organization founded by Stacey Abrams—today released a statement responding to the rushed passage of SB 441, the reckless anti-voter bill pushed through by Georgia Republicans that could undermine trust in elections by allowing for new voter intimidation from law enforcement.
Fair Fight Action Executive Director Cianti Stewart-Reid released the following statement:
“Tonight’s rushed passage of SB 441 is the clearest sign yet that Georgia Republicans care more about appeasing conspiracy theorists and perpetuating the Big Lie than they do about upholding our democratic institutions. Despite unprecedented bipartisan opposition from local elections officials the GOP remains hellbent on pushing an anti-voter agenda that would sow further distrust in our elections—while doing nothing to protect the integrity of the ballot box.
Even as voting rights advocates successfully stopped other anti-voter proposals this legislative session, harmful provisions of a bill that prompted bipartisan outcry from local Board of Elections members across Georgia are now headed to Kemp’s desk. SB 441 would undermine our democracy by giving new sweeping powers for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations that effectively green light the intimidation of both voters and election officials. As a result, this legislation would further burden the process of running our elections and embolden conspiracy theorists as well as threaten our elections workers.
Brian Kemp began this legislative session by promising Georgia business leaders that he wanted no new election bills this year. Now it is time for Kemp to listen to a bipartisan coalition of election workers and honor his word by vetoing this disastrous bill, which is nothing more than political theater. Any Georgia leader who claims to care about protecting our democracy —and ensuring that all Georgia voters can cast their votes free from intimidation—must stand with election workers and voting rights advocates by calling on Kemp to veto this legislation.”