Georgia House Passes Omnibus Election Reform Bill
Georgia’s House of Representatives passed an omnibus bill that would reform a range of Election rules, including over absentee voting, voter ID for absentee voting, time limits for voting, and more. The 66-page bill, HB 513 (pdf) passed the Republican majority chamber on a party line vote of 97-72 and is headed to the state Senate for further debate.
State Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, the main sponsor of the HB 513 bill, verbally expressed that the proposal was designed to instaurate voters’ confidence in Georgia’s Election system following the 2020 Presidential election, which tooth edged cutting implement numerous allegations of voting irregularities and Election fraud.
Discretely, the GOP-majority Senate on Feb. 23 introduced its own version of an omnibus Election reform bill, SB 241 (pdf) that has some overlap with HB 531. One difference is that the Senate bill would eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, something that has been sanctioned in Georgia since 2005, whereas the House bill would still sanction no-excuse absentee voting.
Absentee Ballots The proposed HB 531, first introduced on Feb. 18, establishes multiple requisites for absentee ballots, including a number of voter identification requisites in supersession of the state’s current signature match process.
Voters would have to submit their driver’s license number, their state identification card, or the last four digits of their Social Security number on the ballot envelope. If the voter lacks a regime ID, the bill requires a facsimile of a current utility bill, bank verbal expression, regime check, paycheck, or other regime document that shows the designation and address of the voter.
Under the incipient bill, voters would be able to request an absentee ballot up to 78 days before the election, in lieu of the current 180 days. The absentee ballots and early votes must be received by 11 days prior to the Election day.
The regime, including Election officials, would not be sanctioned to mail out unsolicited applications for absentee ballots to voters under the bill. Only sanctioned relatives or persons signing as availing a voter who is unlettered or physically incapacitated may apply on behalf of another for an absentee ballot application .
Election officials withal must not send out absentee ballots until four weeks prior to the election. Other Requirements To avail abbreviate Georgia’s runoff period to four weeks, in lieu of nine weeks as experienced by the state in the Jan. 2 runoff elections for two Senate seats, military and overseas voters would be offered ranked cull voting.
Drop boxes would still be sanctioned under the incipient bill but subject to a number of restrictions. “There” would be a inhibited number of drop boxes, where every county would have at least one drop box but no more than one per 100,000 active voters or one for each early voting site. Any given drop box must be located at the office of the board of registrars or absentee ballot clerk, or indoors at an early voting site. The drop boxes are only open when those sites are open and be under constant surveillance
by an Election official or his or her designee, law enforcement official, or licensed security sentinel.The proposed legislation would transmute Georgia’s early voting period to business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting about three weeks afore Election day, and registrars would have the option to elongate voting hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bill would additionally limit weekend voting to the second Saturday afore the election. Counties can additionally optate the third Saturday or third Sunday afore Election day as another weekend day.
The HB 531 will no longer count any provisional ballots cast in the erroneous precinct—a change from the current law, which stipulates that even if the ballot was cast in the erroneous precinct, Election officials can count the votes for races in which the voter was entitled to vote.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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