“You’re really setting up somebody to fail,” said Fleming, a Republican from Harlem and chairman of the Special Committee on Election Integrity. “You need to push that back to a reasonable period of time where not only can it be processed properly and also gotten back to the voter, but they have time to send it back in.”
State Rep. Rhonda Burnough, a Democrat from Riverdale, said voters need a full set of absentee and in-person opportunities in the days prior to an election.
“By reducing this option of when they can request an absentee ballot, then we’re going back to the possibility of increasing lines,” Burnough said. “If they can’t request an absentee ballot, that means during the last week of early voting we’ll have long lines.”
Over 31,000 Georgia voters requested absentee ballots in the last 10 days before November’s presidential election, and 16,000 of those voters returned their ballots in time to be counted, according to state election data. In all, 1.3 million people voted absentee.
Other absentee ballot legislation
Georgia lawmakers are also considering: