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What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does

Page 72: Poll hours at a precinct could also be prolonged solely by order of a choose of the superior court docket of the county during which the precinct is positioned upon good trigger proven by clear and convincing proof that individuals had been unable to vote at that precinct throughout a particular interval or intervals of time. Poll hours shall not be prolonged longer than the full period of time throughout which individuals had been unable to vote at such precinct. Any order extending ballot hours at a precinct past 9 p.m. shall be by written order with particular findings of reality supporting such extension.

This is a small change, but it surely might have a major influence on whether or not voting hours could be prolonged within the occasion of an issue.

Previously, a choose might order {that a} precinct keep open for so long as vital primarily based on an issue that had hindered voting (for instance, if energy went out for half-hour, the choose might add an hour of balloting on the finish of the day). The new provision requires any reduction interval to match precisely the period of time that individuals had been unable to vote.

Georgia isn’t any stranger to Election Day mishaps and issues. Its main final June was marred by hourslong strains attributable to malfunctioning machines. Some precincts had no alternative however to ask each voter to file a provisional poll. Other precincts stayed open later into the night time.

Under the brand new regulation, if comparable election issues had been to happen, voters who needed to go away would have much less time to return again later.

Page 65: Beginning at 8 a.m. on the third Monday previous to A̶f̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶p̶e̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶l̶l̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ the day of the first, election, or runoff, t̶h̶e̶ ̶r̶e̶g̶i̶s̶t̶r̶a̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶b̶s̶e̶n̶t̶e̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶o̶t̶ ̶c̶l̶e̶r̶okay̶s̶ election superintendent shall be approved to open the outer oath envelope o̶n̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶a̶t̶h̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶e̶l̶e̶c̶t̶o̶r̶ of absentee ballots which have been verified and accepted i̶n̶ ̶s̶u̶c̶h̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶a̶n̶n̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶d̶e̶s̶t̶r̶o̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶a̶t̶h̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶o̶n̶;̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶v̶i̶d̶e̶d̶,̶ ̶h̶o̶w̶e̶v̶e̶r̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶r̶e̶g̶i̶s̶t̶r̶a̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶b̶s̶e̶n̶t̶e̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶o̶t̶ ̶c̶l̶e̶r̶okay̶ ̶s̶h̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶a̶u̶t̶h̶o̶r̶i̶z̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶take away the contents of such outer envelope,̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ open the internal envelope marked ‘Official Absentee Ballot,’ e̶x̶c̶e̶p̶t̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶w̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶v̶i̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶C̶o̶d̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ and scan the absentee poll utilizing a number of poll scanners.

At least three individuals who’re registrars, deputy registrars, ballot employees, or absentee poll clerks should be current earlier than commencing; and three individuals who’re registrars, deputy registrars, or absentee poll clerks shall be current always whereas the o̶u̶t̶e̶r̶ absentee poll envelopes are being opened and the absentee ballots are being scanned. A̶f̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶o̶p̶e̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶e̶n̶v̶e̶l̶o̶p̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶o̶t̶s̶ ̶s̶h̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶s̶a̶f̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶e̶c̶u̶r̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶s̶t̶o̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶u̶n̶t̶i̶l̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶a̶b̶u̶l̶a̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶u̶c̶h̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶o̶t̶s̶.̶

However, no individual shall tally, tabulate, estimate, or try and tally, tabulate, or estimate or trigger the poll scanner or some other gear to provide any tally or tabulate, partial or in any other case, of the absentee ballots cast till the time for the closing of the polls on the day of the first, election, or runoff besides as supplied on this Code part.

One key think about how extensively Mr. Trump and his allies had been capable of unfold falsehoods concerning the 2020 election was that it took greater than two weeks for information shops to declare that President Biden had received Georgia. With such a protracted delay, Republicans efficiently sowed doubts concerning the election’s validity by baselessly arguing that fraud should have taken place.

Georgia Republicans’ new voting regulation does enable the absentee poll counting course of to start a lot earlier, with native clerks allowed to open and examine absentee ballots three weeks earlier than an election.

Still, no ballots could be counted till the polls shut, that means the method of tabulating and reporting vote totals is prone to be prolonged for high-turnout contests. That may lead future candidates to observe Mr. Trump’s lead in making an attempt to contest the outcomes of a reliable election.

Page 18: No superintendent shall take or settle for any funding, grants, or items from any supply aside from from the governing authority of the county or municipality, the State of Georgia, or the federal authorities. The State Election Board shall examine and report back to the General Assembly a proposed technique for accepting donations supposed to facilitate the administration of elections and a way for an equitable distribution of such donations state huge by October 1, 2021.

Last year, as election officers confronted numerous challenges making an attempt to carry voting throughout a pandemic, funding for the November basic election turned tied up within the political debate over the second stimulus package deal.

Many native election jurisdictions in Georgia and different states, significantly these in poorer city areas, turned to exterior philanthropic teams just like the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit group funded by Mark Zuckerberg that helped counties pay for his or her elections in 2020. Now Georgia has eradicated that possibility.

Conspiracy theories in right-wing circles have lengthy targeted on the specter of nefarious outsiders swaying election operations with donations; the theories usually contain anti-Semitic falsehoods about George Soros, the billionaire liberal donor, who can also be Jewish.

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