The law limits ballot drop boxes, sets new ID requirements for absentee voting and overhauls elections operations after Republican Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden by less than 12,000 votes.
The group called for Congress to pass H.R. 4, which would require the Justice Department to approve of changes to state voting laws, as it did before the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. They placed less emphasis on a more sweeping voting rights bill, H.R. 1, which appeared to lack enough votes to pass after Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia opposed it.
Defenders of Georgia’s law said it reduces the possibility of fraud and increases voter confidence.
“After costing Georgia businesses millions of dollars by forcing the All-Star game out of Atlanta, it’s sad — but not surprising — that Stacey Abrams and her allies are continuing their misinformation campaign,” said Stephen Lawson, a spokesman for Greater Georgia, a conservative voting group founded by former Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler. “Fortunately for the majority of Georgians who support the bill, the facts don’t lie: SB 202 increases access to the polls while strengthening integrity and transparency in our elections.”
Before Major League Baseball announced it was moving its All-Star game out of Truist Park in Cobb County, Abrams warned against rushing to boycott companies and events over SB 202.
Those who spoke at the rally said Georgia is one of dozens of states where Republican legislators have introduced bills that make it harder to vote in the wake of last year’s Trump defeat.
“There is no middle ground here. This is the fight of our lifetime,” said Bernice King, CEO of the King Center. “Too many have suffered for voting rights to let it hang in the balance like this. We need corporate America to stand up, speak up and step in.”