Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reportedly passed an executive order against the electoral law signed by Governor Brian Kemp on March 24th.
According to the Atlanta Journal constitution, on Tuesday (April 6), Bottoms directed the city's chief equity officer through an administrative ordinance to take a number of measures to reduce what their office describes as "new voting restrictions" dated by Senate Act 202 was imposed. Her office said the new measures will ensure that every resident of Atlanta can exercise their voting rights.
"The voting restrictions of SB 202 will have a disproportionately high impact on Atlanta residents – especially in color communities and other minority groups," Bottoms said in a statement, according to the AJC. "This administrative ordinance is intended to do what the majority in the state parliament did not – to expand access to our voting rights."
It is not clear how the mayor's actions will affect future voter turnout in Atlanta.
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The mayor's office says the order will accelerate efforts within city officials to develop a plan to expand ballot box access by training staff on voter registration and general information on early, absentee and in-person voting.
Atlanta is also developing plans to provide voting registration and postal voting information using QR codes, water bills, and web links to the city's websites.
According to the new Georgian voting law, voting fields can only be arranged within earlier voting locations and be available during voting hours. Southern state residents must provide a driver's license number, state ID number, or other documentation when requesting a postal vote. In addition, voters must request a postal vote at least 11 days before election day.
Local governments are also prohibited from sending unsolicited postal ballot application forms, and volunteers will no longer be able to provide food or water to voters waiting in line.