Article: Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs GOP-Backed Election Bill Limiting Mail-In Voting, Drop Boxes

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Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs GOP-Backed Election Bill Limiting Mail-In Voting, Drop Boxes

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a Republican-backed election integrity law that places some restrictions on ballot drop-boxes and mail-in ballots.

When signing the bill, the Republican governor said that it would place Florida ahead of other states in preventing any potential voter fraud.

“Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country,” he said. “We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box.”

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Article: Rand Paul claims John Lewis’s beating is proof Republican voter suppression laws can’t be racist

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Rand Paul claims John Lewis’s beating is proof Republican voter suppression laws can’t be racist

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday suggested that new Republican voter suppression laws cannot be racist because many of the backers of Jim Crow policies were Democrats over 50 years ago.

During an interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo noted that many companies had opposed voting restrictions passed by Georgia Republicans but they had not spoken out against a Democratic bill that would expand voting right

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Article: Conservative Black Leaders Call Attacks on New Georgia Voting Reform Law ‘Misinformation’

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Conservative Black Leaders Call Attacks on New Georgia Voting Reform Law ‘Misinformation’

A group of 21 black leaders defended Georgia’s recently passed voting law in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday, calling the criticism of such laws a campaign to sow division and misinformation as part of a broader agenda by the Democrats to nationalize voting laws.

“It has become clear that even well-intentioned critics of the law simply have no idea what the law is,” the community leaders wrote in their letter (pdf) to the senators.

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Article: After Georgia, Voting Fight Moves to Texas

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After Georgia, Voting Fight Moves to Texas

The battle over voting rules has shifted to Texas, following recent legislation in Georgia that led to a backlash from civil-rights groups and some major corporations.

The Texas legislature is advancing a bill that would limit early voting hours, place more restrictions on people who provide assistance with voting, control the number of voting machines at each location and allow partisan poll watchers to record video or photos of people voting, among other measures. The Texas State House is expected to begin hearings on the bill soon, which passed the state Senate around 2 a.m. on April 1 in an 18-13 party-line vote.

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Article: Fight Over Georgia Voting Restrictions Triggers National Debate

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Fight Over Georgia Voting Restrictions Triggers National Debate

Republican Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate minority leader, has taken a novel stance on freedom of expression, saying major corporations should continue writing hefty checks for political campaigns but at the same time keep quiet on controversial issues of the day.

McConnell, a longtime lawmaker from the mid-South state of Kentucky, assailed Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines in recent days after they came out against a new law in the Southern state of Georgia that tightens voting restrictions. Democratic critics say the law will make it more difficult for Black voters to cast ballots in future elections.

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Article: 1,000 ‘woke’ companies unite against election-integrity laws!

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1,000 ‘woke’ companies unite against election-integrity laws!

The opposition of major corporations such as Coca-Cola and Delta to a Georgia election law has drawn attention to an alliance of more than 1,000 companies that, in effect, have identified themselves as opponents of voting integrity.

The Civic Alliance boasts on its website that its membership has grown to 1,119 companies that employee more than 5 million people.

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Article: The next Georgia: Texas and Arizona emerge as voting rights battlegrounds

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The next Georgia: Texas and Arizona emerge as voting rights battlegrounds

Republicans in the two states are advancing restrictions while nationally lawmakers have introduced 361 bills to limit access to the ballot in some way.

As Georgia Republicans face backlash over new sweeping voting restrictions, activists in other states are escalating efforts to oppose similar restrictions advancing in other states.

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Article: As restrictive voting bills multiply, GOP signals it won’t bow to corporate pressure

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As restrictive voting bills multiply, GOP signals it won’t bow to corporate pressure

As the backlash to Georgia’s restrictive voting law intensified last week with big corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola criticizing the law and Major League Baseball announcing it was moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the politics of threats and counter threats became so fierce that it was difficult to determine whether the corporate moves were having their intended effect.

The newfound alliance of corporations and Democrats fighting to protect access to the vote sent a first warning shot to Republican-controlled legislatures around the country that there may be real economic consequences if they continue to pursue restrictive voting legislation under the false pretense of rooting out widespread voter fraud, which simply did not exist in the 2020 election despite former President Donald Trump’s efforts to gaslight the American people.

Article: Georgia governor on growing backlash to election reform law: ‘We are not backing down’

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Georgia governor on growing backlash to election reform law: ‘We are not backing down’

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday said state Republican leaders are not buckling under the growing pressure from activists and corporations opposed to the state’s recent election reform law.

“I can tell you, we are not backing down,” Kemp told Tucker Carlson on Fox News when asked about the controversy.

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Article: Georgia Gov. Kemp slams Biden after ‘Jim Crow’ dig at state’s voting laws

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Georgia Gov. Kemp slams Biden after ‘Jim Crow’ dig at state’s voting laws

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp fired back at President Biden for calling a new round of election reform laws passed by the state legislature as “Jim Crow in the 21st century,” saying the legislation actually expands voting.

“I can truthfully look in the camera and ask my African-American friends and other African-Americans in Georgia to simply find out what’s in the bill versus just this blank statement of this is Jim Crow or this is voter suppression, or this is racist, because it is not,” Kemp said during an interview Saturday on Fox News.

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