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: ‘Stay out of politics,’ Republican leader McConnell tells U.S. CEOs, warns of ‘consequences’

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‘Stay out of politics,’ Republican leader McConnell tells U.S. CEOs, warns of ‘consequences’

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at corporate America on Monday, warning CEOs to stay out of the debate over a new voting law in Georgia that has been criticized as restricting votes among minorities and the poor.

In a sign of a growing rift in the decades-old alliance between the conservative party and U.S. corporations, McConnell said: “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”

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Article: Chris Christie: Biden ‘lying’ about Georgia election law

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Chris Christie: Biden ‘lying’ about Georgia election law

During a panel on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Christie said Biden has “broken his own rule” about stating the truth. The Republican, who briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 cycle, said Biden is “lying to the American people” about what the law that conservatives have touted the measure as policy that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

“He’s lying about this bill, he’s lying to the American people about it, to cause the raging fire he said he was going to put out. I’m very disappointed,” the former governor told host George Stephanopoulos.

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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: McConnell condemns corporate backlash to Georgia voting law

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McConnell condemns corporate backlash to Georgia voting law

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement Monday accusing U.S. corporations that oppose the GOP-sponsored law curbing voting access in Georgia of using “economic blackmail to spread disinformation.”

Why it matters: Dozens of CEOs and corporations have spoken out in the wake of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signing the new law, which institutes strict new ID requirements, gives the Republican-controlled state legislature more control over elections, and limits the use of ballot drop boxes, among other restrictions

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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: Expand access? A historic restriction? What the Georgia voting law really does.

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Expand access? A historic restriction? What the Georgia voting law really does.

Opponents of Georgia’s new elections law call it a blatant attack on voting rights, aimed specifically at suppressing the minority vote that helped propel Joe Biden’s presidential win and gave Democrats two critical seats in the U.S. Senate.

Backlash from the corporate world has been growing, and on Friday Major League Baseball announced it was moving its All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to the law. President Biden said last week the law amounts to “Jim Crow in the 21st Century,” calling it “un-American” and “sick.

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Article: Elections officials fear Georgia law could politicize voting operations

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Elections officials fear Georgia law could politicize voting operations

Election officials in conservative and liberal parts of Georgia say a new law allowing a Republican-controlled state agency to take over local voting operations could make the process too partisan.

Voting rights advocates have also warned that the provision, part of sweeping voting restrictions signed into law last week by Governor Brian Kemp, targets Democratic bastions such as Atlanta’s Fulton County that helped deliver the party control of the White House and Congress in recent elections.

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Article: Georgia governor admits that controversial election law has nothing to do with voter fraud

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Georgia governor admits that controversial election law has nothing to do with voter fraud

Georgia’s governor has admitted that a controversial election bill he signed into law amid Donald Trump’s false claims of voting irregularities “has nothing to do with potential fraud”.

Experts described it as an “important admission” by Republican Brian Kemp in an interview with WABE radio, after the governor signed sweeping ballot restrictions into law last week amid protests and outrage from across the US.

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