ATLANTA — Today, February 23, Fair Fight Action launched a new multimillion-dollar statewide ad campaign from North to South Georgia highlighting how Georgia Republicans’ unconstitutional attacks on vote by mail negatively impact Republican voters who rely on mail-in ballots.
For years, Republicans have relied on vote by mail to win elections, and Georgia Republican leaders even wrote the state’s current absentee ballot rules. But their latest anti-democratic efforts to roll back voting access would lead to longer lines and more restrictive rules for absentee ballots, making voting by mail harder and threatening Georgians’ privacy by creating new opportunities for identity theft just to request a mail-in ballot.
Georgia Republicans’ dangerous anti-voter agenda would also result in over $57 million in unfunded mandates that could force local governments to raise taxes as a result of this reckless legislation, even as their bill blocks any outside funding that many county elections offices have previously relied on.
“Georgia Republicans’ anti-voting agenda threatens the ability of all Georgians to easily and safely cast their ballot — including the hundreds of thousands of Republican mail voters,” said Fair Fight Action CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo. “Though Republicans have doubled-down on an unconstitutional voter suppression agenda targeting voters of color, the barriers they are creating will hurt their own base of support. The Republican party should clean their own house up, and focus on learning how to run modern campaigns and run better candidates who focus on issues, not conspiracy theories. The battlegrounds of Florida and Ohio have similar voting access to Georgia yet Republicans have been winning there- those states should serve as a lesson for them on how access to the ballot can work in their party’s favor- if they do the work. ”
“Georgians of both parties have voted by mail for decades.
Almost half a million Georgia Republicans did it just last year.
The GOP knows voting by mail works, it was their idea.
It’s how Republicans have been winning Florida.
But now, the same Georgia politicians who passed these laws want to make voting harder.
That means longer lines, higher taxes, harder for you. Tell Georgia politicians: don’t mess with Georgia’s voting laws.”