Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reportedly issued an government order in opposition to the voting legislation signed by Governor Brian Kemp on March 24.
In keeping with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday (April 6), Bottoms directed the Metropolis’s Chief Fairness Officer to implement a collection of actions, by means of an Administrative Order, to decrease what her workplace describes as “new voting restrictions” imposed by Senate Invoice 202. Her workplace said that the brand new actions will guarantee each Atlanta resident can train their proper to vote.
“The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately influence Atlanta residents—significantly in communities of coloration and different minority teams,” Bottoms mentioned in a press release, in line with the AJC. “This Administrative Order is designed to do what these within the majority of the state legislature didn’t—develop entry to our proper to vote.”
It isn’t clear how the mayor’s actions will influence Atlanta’s voting turnout shifting ahead.
The mayor’s workplace says the order will jumpstart efforts to develop a plan inside the metropolis’s authority to develop entry to the poll field by coaching workers members on voter registration and basic info on early, absentee, and in-person voting.
Atlanta can also be creating plans to supply data on voting registration and absentee voting utilizing QR Codes, water payments and weblinks to metropolis web sites.
Underneath the brand new Georgia voting legislation voting drop containers can solely be situated inside early voting places and obtainable throughout voting hours. Residents of the southern state will likely be required to supply a driver’s license quantity, state ID quantity or different documentation when requesting an absentee poll. Moreover, voters should request an absentee poll no less than 11 days previous to election day.
Native governments are additionally prohibited from mailing unsolicited absentee poll software varieties and volunteers can now not present meals and water to voters ready in traces.