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ATL Mayor ‘Mitigates’ Governor’s Voter ID Law by Executive Order

Atlanta and Georgia are looking more and more like New York City and New York lately.

Thing are getting hot in the south this spring, both literally and figuratively, as the Mayor of ultra-liberal Atlanta squares off with the Georgia Governor over a controversial new voting law.

Governor Brian Kemp signed the law just days ago, setting off a firestorm of criticism that not only prompted boycotts of the state by major corporations, but also prompted a fairly crass insult from the Commander in Chief of the United States.

Now, in the Peach State’s capital city, one local leader is looking to exert her authority in the face of Kemp’s order.

As controversy continues to swirl around the new Georgia voting law signed by Governor Kemp, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order ensuring every Atlanta resident has the right to vote.

In the order, Mayor Bottoms directs the City’s Chief Equity Officer to take a number of actions aimed at mitigating the impact from Senate Bill 202 and it’s many restrictions.

“The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately impact Atlanta residents—particularly in communities of color and other minority groups,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This Administrative Order is designed to do what those in the majority of the state legislature did not—expand access to our right to vote.”

The order is designed to improve ballot accessibility and drive voting registration higher.

Those opposed to the law signed by Gov. Kemp say that the legislation is restrictive, particularly as it pertains to communities of color.

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