Republican lawmakers in the upper house of the Georgia state legislature introduced eight different bills on Monday aimed at curbing voter fraud, in an effort to fight the same kind of fraud that occurred in the 2020 election, as reported by The Hill.
Among the newly-introduced bills is Senate Bill 71, which would impose several new rules on the absentee ballot process. The bill would require voters to present proof that they are “absent from his or her precinct during the time of the primary,” or otherwise having a physical disability that prevents them from voting in-person. It would also implement an age requirement, where only voters who are 75 or older would be guaranteed an absentee ballot.
Senate Bill 70 would render ineligible any vote cast by someone who is outside the state of Georgia, who then moves to the state in an effort to influence the subsequent runoff election. This aims to address the voter fraud that occurred when multiple left-wing activists, including former presidential candidate and current candidate for Mayor of New York City Andrew Yang, who openly encouraged his followers to move to Georgia just to be able to vote in the Senate runoff elections that took place in January.
Senate Bill 69 would repeal the “Motor Voter” law which allows residents to automatically register to vote applying for a new or renewed driver’s license while at the DMV. And Senate Bill 67 would require that voters send in proof of identification, such as their driver’s license number or photocopies of a form of photo ID.
The bills are already facing criticism from far-left activists in the state. Among them was a spokesman for Fair Fight, the political organization founded by failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-Ga.), who baselessly referred to the legislation as an “unhinged set of voter suppression bills from a radical Senate Republican leadership,” which he falsely claimed was “intended to appease conspiracy theorists like those who stormed the Capitol last month.” The spokesman further vowed that his and other far-left organizations were “prepared to fight every Republican attempt to roll back voting rights.”