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Georgia Cracking Down on Absentee Ballots with Latest Bill Passed in Senate

For many Georgians, the move was long overdue.

The election of 2020 will undoubtedly become a major inflection point for the way in which the United States conducts their political contests in the future, thanks to a prolonged discussion about just how things went down in that fateful contest.

This was an election under the threat of pandemic, and states around the nation worked diligently to come up with ways in which the people could vote safely, while attempting to maintain the safety of the vote itself.  But, in true political fashion, several of the measures that were adopted to deal with the potential trouble of sending at-risk individuals to the polls were created an enacted in haste, creating doubt in some Americans’ minds about the integrity of the election.

Now, the Peach State is looking to grapple with some of those concerns in a major way.

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The Georgia state Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would require voters to submit a driver’s license number, state identification card number or a photocopy of an approved form of identification in order to vote absentee in the state.

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Senate Bill 67 passed the upper chamber in 35-18 vote on Tuesday and now heads to the state House for consideration, The Associated Press reports.

The bill has already been met with opposition from Democrats and voting rights groups who say the legislation would make it difficult for voters who don’t have a driver’s license or state identification card to vote absentee. According to the AP, absentee ballots are currently tallied using signature verification.

Democrats and left-leaning voter rights groups have suggested that the bill adds “needless boundaries” to the right to vote, but it should be remembered that these are some of the same political activists who’ve been attempting to drown the Second Amendment in legislation for decades.

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