In November’s presidential election, 75% of Floyd voters cast ballots in advance or absentee. On Monday, local legislators unanimously supported drop box restrictions, more ID for absentees and reduced weekend voting.

In November’s presidential election, 75% of Floyd voters cast ballots in advance or absentee. On Monday, local legislators unanimously supported drop box restrictions, more ID for absentees and reduced weekend voting.

 

Northwest Georgia’s House members were unanimous in supporting the vote restrict drop boxes,  require identification for absentee voting and reduce weekend voting. Their votes come after all three were widely accepted in the Nov. 3 general election.

Per the Secretary of State’s office report on election totals for the Trump/Biden vote:

  • In Floyd County, 54.3% of the 41,648 voters taking part in the presidential race alone voted in advance. Another 20.4% voted absentee. That’s 31,228 voters of 75 percent overall. A clear majority voted Republican.
  • In the past election cycle, there were five drop boxes each in Floyd and Bartow counties.
  • Floyd had both Saturday and Sunday voting in each election phase last year. Most other area counties had Saturday voting from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

So how did the delegation vote? Yes across the board:

  • Katie Dempsey
  • Matt Gambill
  • Trey Kelley
  • Eddie Lumsden
  • Mitchell Scoggins

From the AJC: A bill to restrict ballot drop boxes, require more ID for absentee voting and limit weekend early voting days passed the Georgia House on Monday amid protests that the proposals would make it harder for voters to participate in democracy.

The House voted along party lines, 97-72, on the sweeping elections bill supported by Republicans who want to impose new voting requirements after losing presidential and U.S. Senate races in Georgia.

Democrats opposing the legislation said it creates obstacles for voting that will do more to reduce turnout than increase election security.

The bill now heads to the state Senate, where a committee voted Monday to end no-excuse absentee voting, which would require most voters to cast ballots in person. That legislation could receive a vote in the full Senate within days.

“Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly are trying to change the rules of the election here in Georgia, rules that you wrote, because you were handed defeat,” said Alexander, a Democrat from Hiram. “You know that your only chance of winning future elections is to prevent Georgians from having their votes counted and their voices heard.”

“Our goal in this bill is to make sure that Georgia’s election results get back quickly and accurately,” said state Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem. “The way we begin to restore confidence in our voting system is by passing this bill. There are many commonsense measures improving elections in this bill.”

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