The Center’s Statement on New Voting Laws in Georgia
Almost 56 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Congressman John Lewis led tireless and courageous activists on the historic Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights. During the civil rights era, scores of Americans died working to secure unimpeded access to the ballot. Countless more were beaten and harassed.
The voting bill signed March 25, 2021 by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp harkens back to our country’s painful past when African Americans were denied their full rights as citizens. The new law curtails the sacred right of all voters to participate in democracy without obstacles. Its provisions restrict absentee and out-of-precinct voting, impose ID requirements, ban mobile voting, and criminalize volunteers providing refreshments to support people waiting in lengthy voting lines. All of these provisions disproportionately burden low-income people and people of color.
The voting bill is a regression for our democracy and racial equality. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will continue to promote unimpeded voting access for all, including measures to ease, rather than limit, access to the franchise.