Georgia Senate approves election reform package, including absentee ballot signature-match overhaul
Added 02-24-21 02:23:02pm EST - “The Georgia Senate approved four measures Tuesday that make changes to the election process as a response to November's presidential election.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The Georgia Senate approved four measures Tuesday that make changes to the election process as a response to November's presidential election.
Georgia gained national attention after a close presidential election prompted three recounts and lawsuits and threats from former President Donald Trump's campaign and supporters. Several questions and allegations arose from Georgia's absentee-ballot process.
Among the bills passed Tuesday, the Senate voted, 37-18, to reform the absentee-ballot-signature-matching-process that critics said is ripe for fraud.
Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and some Republicans called for a revamp of the absentee-ballot voting process after the election. Raffensperger asked lawmakers to consider eliminating the signature-matching process and Georgia's law that allows voters to request ballots by mail up to 180 days before an election.
The state reported a record number of absentee ballot votes last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the secretary of state's office, no-excuse absentee ballot voting was used by 5% to 7% of Georgia voters – no more than 300,000 ballots – before the pandemic. Records show 284,393 Georgians voted with absentee ballots in the 2018 general election. That number skyrocketed to 1.3 million in the 2020 general election.
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