Georgia voting restriction law is ‘atrocity’, Biden says

Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity'
President Biden also called the law "an atrocity". Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: President Biden has likened a new voting restriction law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century American South, describing it an atrocity.

The voting restriction law adds restrictions to voting that Joe Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans.

In a strongly-worded statement, Mr Biden called it “a blatant attack on the Constitution” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century”.

The president later added that the justice department was “taking a look” at it.

Mr Biden became the first Democratic candidate to win Georgia since 1992 in last year’s presidential election – and it was high turnout among black Americans that was believed to have tipped the state of Georgia in his favour.

Georgia was also at the heart of false claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election.

In a statement released on Friday, president Biden said: “Recount after recount and court case after court case upheld the integrity and outcome of a clearly free, fair, and secure democratic process.”

“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end,” he said describing the new law.

Jim Crow refers to the 19th and 20th Century laws that enforced racial segregation in the US South.

Among the restrictions are a limit on the use of ballot drop boxes that make it easier to vote and a new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots.

The law also makes it a crime to give water and food to people queuing to vote.

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