Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) Wednesday signed an executive order to “mitigate the impact” of the new voter integrity law passed by the state legislature, which Gov Brian Kemp says he will sign.
Bottoms does not have a legal right to counter state election law.
The Executive Order will have some minor impact inasmuch as the order requires making sure that the voters understand the new law and what is expected of them in order to vote.
- Train staffers on voter registration related to early, absentee and in-person voting.
- Inform residents about how to obtain a valid form of identification for absentee voting.
- Place QR codes with links to voter registration and absentee voting information on official mailings, like water bills.
- Develop public service announcements that adequately articulate the new voting deadlines, timelines and requirements.
The bill that Kemp signed was in reaction to the many suspicious activities during the 2020 vote. It makes it harder to cheat and therefore makes it much harder for Democrats to win and that’s why they oppose the law.
The voter integrity bill actually increases access to the polls, providing more hours when people can cast their ballots early. What the Democrats oppose is the voter ID requirement.
In Georgia, they are planning on auditing the votes in Fulton County where most of the problems arose.
Biden allegedly only won by about 12,000 votes and with the various problems they had, auditing Fulton County could swing the count to Trump but at this late date do not expect the election to be reversed no matter what.
“I want to be clear: I will not be backing down from this fight,” Kemp said during a Saturday press conference after the MLB decided to move the All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado. “We will not be intimidated, and we will also not be silenced.”
“The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately impact Atlanta residents—particularly in communities of color and other minority groups,” Bottoms said in a statement. “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.”
“… I am hereby directing the Chief Equity Officer to consult with the Department of Law and develop a plan of action to mitigate the impact on City of Atlanta residents of the voting restrictions imposed by Senate Bill 202,” the executive order states.