ATLANTA — Today, a coalition of voting rights and progressive organizations issued a joint statement responding to Georgia Republicans’ proposal to make it harder for Georgians to vote by mail. Specifically, state Republicans in the General Assembly are proposing a prohibition on government entities sending voters absentee ballot applications. See the language in SB 463 here.
The joint statement and signatories follow:
“Right now Georgia Republicans are trying to pass a law that forbids the Secretary of State, State Election Board, counties, and localities from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters. This is unacceptable.
“Rural counties are currently seeing COVID surging and are bracing for a tough fall. If a county wants to help their community safely participate in elections, this proposed law would prohibit them to decide themselves if they want to send absentee ballot request forms to voters.
“Georgia Republicans need to realize that vote by mail is a tool that can benefit either party and that localities, as well as the state, should maintain as many possible tools in their toolbox to promote vote by mail generally and certainly in the midst of a raging, ongoing health crisis.”
Fair Fight Action
Southern Center for Human Rights
Asian American Advocacy Fund
Indivisible Georgia Coalition
Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates
Black Voters Matter Fund
SEIU Workers United Southern Region
All Voting is Local, Georgia
Working Families Party
Care in Action
Georgia Association of Educators
All On the Line
Everytown for Gun Safety
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights