President Joe Biden said on Friday that the draconian new voting restrictions signed into law by Brian Kemp – Georgia’s Republican governor – are “an atrocity” and that they are modern-day manifestations of Jim Crow.
“Georgia’s new law imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water, and gives state officials more power over local elections,” CNN explains.
Biden said in a statement that was released by the White House:
This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. Instead of celebrating the rights of all Georgians to vote or winning campaigns on the merits of their ideas, Republicans in the state instead rushed through an un-American law to deny people the right to vote. This law, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses across the country, is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience.
Biden’s full statement is available below:
Statement by Pres Biden on new GOP backed voting law in Georgia: “This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act. I once again urge Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.” pic.twitter.com/U3q5fJI7X5
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 26, 2021
Speaking with White House reporters while making his way toward Marine One, Biden remarked:
It’s an atrocity.
The idea — if you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency — they passed a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive design to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break.
If you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they passed a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote.
I will take my case to the American people, including Republicans who joined the broadest coalition of voters ever in this past election to put country before party. If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.
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