Atlanta mayor issues order to 'mitigate the impact' of Georgia's new voting law

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Tuesday that directs the city’s chief equity officer to implementa series of actions to mitigate the impact” van Georgia’s new election law imposing a series of voting restrictions.

The city of Atlanta does not have authority over state election law, so the administrative order cannot change any of the new requirements. Most of the actions focus on voter education and staff training to better assist Atlanta residents with information on the new law changes or how to obtain necessary identification.
“Hierdie administratiewe orde is ontwerp om te doen wat diegene in die meerderheid van die staatswetgewer nie gedoen het nie — toegang tot ons stemreg uitbrei,” Bottoms in 'n verklaring gesê.
    The order is just the latest rebuke of the Georgia election legislation, which has been roundly derided by voting rights advocates, civil rights groups and, more recently, private businesses in the state. Signed into law last month, it imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water.
      Republicans cast the measure, dubbed The Election Integrity Act of 2021, as necessary to boost confidence in elections after the 2020 election saw then-President Donald Trump make repeated, unsubstantiated claims of fraud. But Bottoms emphasized Tuesday that voting restrictions in the law willdisproportionately impact Atlanta residentsparticularly in communities of color and other minority groups.
        Her order specifically aims to provide training to staff members on voter registration along with early, absentee and in-person votingin order that they may communicate this information to City residents.The order also has provisions for disseminating information about how to obtain the identification forms needed for absentee voting, and adding QR codes that lead to voter registration information websites on water bills and other mail.
          Beyond Georgia, Republicans in other key electoral states across the country are advancing bills to clamp down on ballot access.
            Arizona, Texas, Michigan and Florida are among the states where lawmakers are pushing restrictions, many of them citing Trump’s false claims of fraud as a reason to tighten the rules around votingmoves that would also hinder Democratic-leaning voters.

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