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White House says Biden is concerned about new Georgia election law

PoliticsMar 26, 2021 02:20PM ET
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By Steve Holland and Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden is "worried" about a set of sweeping new voting restrictions approved in the state of Georgia, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

The Democratic president is concerned that the new law signed on Thursday by Republican Governor Brian Kemp would prevent people from bringing water to voters in line, reduce open hours at polling locations and restrict the use of absentee ballots, she said.

"There's nothing more precious than the right to vote and speak up," Psaki told reporters, adding that she expected Biden to soon make a statement on the issue himself.

"It should not be harder - it should be easier to vote. We should not put limitations in place. People should be able to vote from home. They should be able to use absentee ballots. There should be a range of restrictions that are undone, not put back in place."

She also voiced support for efforts by congressional Democrats to pass federal voting rights and election reform legislation. Such efforts have already run into strong Republican opposition.

Georgia's new law will impose new limits, including stricter identification requirements, limiting drop boxes, giving lawmakers the power to take over local elections and shortening the early voting period for all runoff elections. Offering food and water to voters waiting in line will now be considered a misdemeanor crime.

Kemp said he offered no apology for "taking another step to making our elections fair and secure" but opponents describe the law as among the country's most damaging attempts to limit access to the ballot box and designed to reduce the influence of Black voters.

A Black Georgia state representative, Park Cannon, was arrested and released after knocking on the door to Kemp's office as he signed the law. Psaki said anyone who saw a video of the arrest would be "deeply concerned" by the actions of law enforcement.

Democrats just months ago celebrated historic wins in the presidential election and two Senate campaigns in Georgia that helped deliver the White House and U.S. Senate control to their party in Washington. Biden was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992.

Other Republican-controlled state legislatures are pursuing voting restrictions in key battleground states, including Florida and Arizona, after former Republican President Donald Trump blamed his loss to Biden on unproven allegations of massive voter fraud.

 

White House says Biden is concerned about new Georgia election law
 

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Red Riley
Red Riley Mar 27, 2021 12:34AM ET
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and we are concerned about dementia
John Raymond
John Raymond Mar 26, 2021 11:20PM ET
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of course he is concerned. is going to ensure election integrity and stop the democratic manipulative nonsense of the last election
Adrian White
Adrian White Mar 26, 2021 11:20PM ET
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What "manipulative nonsense" are you talking about? Rallying the electorate to vote? That's not manipulation. However, Trump calling up state election officials and directly asking them to "find more ballots" to change the results definitely is manipulation. I think you're confused about which side tried to manipulate the vote.
Kevin Eddlemon
Kevin Eddlemon Mar 26, 2021 6:36PM ET
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"Biden is concerned" LOL. Biden doesn't even know his own name half the time. America has become a complete joke
James Andrews
James Andrews Mar 26, 2021 5:18PM ET
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If only they'd passed it before the election, we wouldn't have this sen.ile comm.ie as prez
CJ Yep
CJ Yep Mar 26, 2021 2:59PM ET
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If my dog acted like this, I would have put him to sleep already.
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Mar 26, 2021 2:27PM ET
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Beijing Biden
Joel Hauser
Joel Hauser Mar 26, 2021 2:21PM ET
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If you can't win then bend the rule of law to suit your needs. Trypical goonish behavior by rethugs.
Jared Ryan
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Exactly! We cant allow the dems to get away with another fraudulent election
 
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