WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Georgia state Senate rushed on Thursday to pass a restrictive elections bill, Senate Bill 202. The bill ballooned from two to 95 pages after House Republicans shoved through a last-minute, 93-page substitution in committee that copied and pasted language from other Georgia voter suppression bills that are still in consideration in the Legislature. The bill includes a shortened absentee ballot request timeline, new restrictions for drop box locations and the criminalization of “line warming” to help voters waiting in line in severe weather conditions.
S.B. 202 passed the Georgia House earlier today and was rushed to the state Senate for passage. It now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who is expected to sign it later tonight.