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Coogler’s announcement came a week after Will Smith announced his slavery film “Emancipation” was pulling out of the state due to the voting law.
The lengthy voting law, recently signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, includes shorter deadlines to request absentee ballots, limits on drop boxes but requiring every county to now have them, additional identification requirements, fewer early voting days before runoffs and a ban on non-poll workers giving food and drinks to voters waiting in line. The State Election Board gets expanded powers enabling it to remove county election boards and replace them with an interim elections manager.
The legislation also mandates that early voting be available on both Saturdays of the state’s three-week early voting period, and it allows counties the option to offer early voting on two Sundays as well. Kemp and other supporters of the voting law overhaul say the changes will increase confidence in Georgia’s voting system.