Georgia Senate passes legislation to require ID for absentee voting

by Jenny Mount · Feb 24th, 2021 4:15 pm

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 3:35 pm

The Georgia Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would require voters to submit a driver's license number, state identification card number, or a photocopy of an approved form of identification if they want to vote absentee in the state.

Senate Bill 67 passed with a 35-18 vote and will now head to the state House for consideration.

Democrats and voting rights groups have already opposed the bill, saying the legislation would make it difficult for voters who do not have a driver's license or state identification card to vote absentee. However, State Sen. Larry Walker, a Republican sponsoring the bill, said it would not affect around 97% of voters and the remaining percentage could vote in person.

Voting rights group Fair Fight Action said the bill would add "needless barriers to voting in Georgia," while accusing those in favor of the bill of ignoring voters who would be affected by it.

"In Georgia, with more than 7,692,567 registered voters, that means that 230,777 electors may not have the requisite identification and will therefore incur a burden in complying with the law," Fair Fight Action said, adding that the "discriminatory policy" shows "Georgia has not moved past the racist motivations for which it was included in preclearance under the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

🔦 Senate Bill 67 is one of many bills Republicans have filed in the Georgia General Assembly that would directly impact voting and voter registration in the state. The bill has more than 25 Republican co-sponsors.


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