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Finest Kemp can do to defend Georgia voters is ‘reserving judgment’ on plan to limit voting by mail

“If it ain’t broke, don’t repair it. There isn’t any proof or cause to imagine our signature match system is insecure,” state Rep. Josh McLaurin informed the AJC. He plans to introduce laws to permit these convicted of felonies to vote earlier than they’ve accomplished their sentences. “Being convicted of a criminal offense doesn’t make you much less of a citizen,” he stated in a tweet Monday. “Let’s finish felony disenfranchisement.”

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In the meantime, Republicans have put forth laws to finish “no excuse” absentee voting, ban mailers with unrequested absentee poll purposes, and banish drop containers, based on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “If you don’t have a safe chain of custody, notably with drop containers, there’s no cause for that to be within the course of,” GOP Georgia Sen. Burt Jones informed the newspaper. “You’ve received three weeks of early voting and Saturday voting. You’ve given ample time and alternatives for individuals to get the hassle to go in to vote.”

He and state Sen. Brandon Seashore misplaced their Senate appointments to steer committees as chairmen after they “aggressively pushed to overturn Georgia’s election outcomes,” AJC reporter Greg Bluestein tweeted Tuesday. “[Others who also aggressively promoted Trump’s falsehoods have kept theirs,]” he added.

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Jones, Seashore, and three different Republican Georgia senators signed a letter to Vice President Mike Pence pressuring him to push again congressional certification of electoral votes “to permit for additional investigation of fraud, irregularities, and misconduct” within the state’s election, the AJC reported.

Within the witch hunt of sore losers calculating their very own political futures, the senators wrote: “We’ve got recognized a workforce of specialists who’re capable of study the ballots and the voting and counting tools to find out whether or not or not the integrity of the vote was violated.”

Seashore, Jones, Matt Brass, Greg Dolezal, and William Ligon signed the letter. Jones informed the AJC he nonetheless has the unique copy, which was by no means delivered to Pence as a result of “we noticed the writing on the wall.” But the push to suppress the vote in Georgia primarily based on Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud lives on.

RELATED: Georgia GOP looks to deliver powerful blow to absentee voting days after Loeffler and Perdue concede

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