AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — About two dozen protesters turned out near Augusta National on Saturday, objecting to Georgia’s new voting law through the third spherical of the Masters.
The group held indicators that mentioned “Let Us Vote” and “Protect Georgia Voting Rights,” drawing each jeers and cheers from motorists on busy Washington Road.
One man passing by shouted an insult against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed new voter restrictions into law final month. But one other yelled at protesters, “C’mon, you can vote! Get out of here!”
Georgia’s law — which opponents say is designed to scale back the influence of minority voters by making it harder to forged a poll — has drawn hearth from across the nation.
Major League Baseball yanked this summer’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta to exhibits its displeasure with the brand new statute. There had been calls to take the Masters from Augusta National, however the membership ignored the outcry and its chairman, on the eve of golf’s first main championship in 2021, declined to take a stand on the invoice.
Georgia performed a vital position within the final yr’s election, narrowly going for Joe Biden within the presidential race. He was the primary Democrat to hold the state since 1992.
Also, the state’s two incumbent Republican senators were defeated in a runoff by Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, giving Democrats management of the U.S. Senate. Nearly 5 million Georgians forged ballots, many utilizing absentee or early voting strategies.
“The last election had a record turnout,” mentioned one of many protesters, Marla Cureton of Roswell in suburban Atlanta, who’s a part of a ladies’s activist group often called No Safe Seats. “We should be celebrating this. It’s a great thing.”
Instead, the GOP-controlled state Legislature handed a law that supporters say is designed to enhance election safety following baseless allegations by former President Donald Trump that he misplaced Georgia due to widespread fraud.
Other states across the nation are contemplating comparable legal guidelines.
Among different issues, the Georgia law imposes extra identification necessities for absentee voting, offers the GOP-run state elections board new powers to intervene in native election workplaces, and restricts the distribution of water and meals to voters standing in lengthy traces.
“This bill is death by a thousand cuts,” Cureton mentioned. “Anytime you put new restrictions on how you can vote, that’s voter suppression. We should be making it easier to vote. It’s the patriotic thing to do.”
She mentioned the protesters staked out a nook a couple of half-mile from the entrance gate of Augusta National to carry consideration to their trigger.
“We have to keep awareness up,” Cureton mentioned. “It’s important in Georgia that people understand it’s not going away.”
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