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June 1, 2021
ICYMI: Georgia Republicans’ New Anti-Voting Law Has “Outsized Impact” on Black Voters
ATLANTA — Following the passage of Georgia Republicans’ anti-voter legislation SB 202, a new report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights the disproportionate impact the anti-democratic bill’s new ID requirements will have on Black Georgians, who turned out in record numbers in the Georgia runoff that elected Georgia’s first Black and first Jewish U.S. Senators. Through suppressive barriers such as restrictive voter ID requirements, Republicans seek to perpetuate the Big Lie and appease conspiracy theorists working to undermine our democracy.
Read more about the outsized impact Georgia’s new anti-voting law has on Black voters here.
AJC: Georgia absentee ID law has outsized impact on Black and metro voters
By Mark Niesse
- “Over 272,000 registered voters don’t have a driver’s license or state ID on file with election officials, meaning they’d have to submit additional documents to vote by mail under Georgia’s new voting law, state election records show. The ID requirements disproportionately affect Black voters, who are much less likely than white voters to have ID numbers matched to their voter registrations, according to election data.”
- Georgia’s majority-Republican General Assembly changed ID requirements after a record number of voters cast absentee ballots in November — about one-quarter of the state’s 5 million turnout.
- “About 56% of registrants without ID are Black, higher than their 30% portion of the state’s registered voters, according to the AJC’s analysis of state election data. Among voters who cast absentee ballots in November’s presidential election, 45% without ID on file are Black.”
- The largest numbers of those without IDs live in metropolitan areas with populations that generally support Democratic Party candidates. Over half of them, 155,000, live in Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Muscogee counties.