US President Joe Biden sharply criticized the changes to the electoral law in the state of Georgia, which took effect on the evening of March 25.
It is reported by NBC News.
The 98-page draft prohibits giving food and water to people waiting in line to vote, sets additional requirements for voter identification, and shortens the time frame for a number of procedures. Among other things, the time frame for voting is reduced in advance from 3 weeks to 1 week, and for requests for a remote voting ballot from 6 months to 78 days.
Voters who vote outside their precinct, but within the constituency, will have to cast a ballot at certain hours, otherwise, it will not be counted, and they will also be required to fill out an explanation why they did not have time to vote at their precinct.
Biden called the changes outrageous, вЂњun-AmericanвЂќ and вЂњJim Crow laws in the 21st centuryвЂќ (racial segregation laws).
вЂњThis law, like many others promoted by Republicans across the country, is a blatant attack against the Constitution and integrity,вЂќ the president said in a statement. вЂњThe draft limits voting hours so that many working people may not be able to vote, it imposes severe restrictions and it will criminalize the provision of water to voters who wait in lines вЂ” lines that Republican officials themselves have created, disproportionately reducing the number of polling stations in black areas. вЂњ
Biden has called on Congress to use federal voter protection mechanisms to stop these changes.
вЂњThis must end. We have a moral and constitutional duty to act,вЂќ he stressed.
Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer was also critical.
вЂњSince 2012, Georgia has closed more than 200 polling stations. Voters in predominantly black districts now have to wait about 8 times longer than voters in predominantly white districts. Who created these queues, вЂњhe wrote.
As noted by NBC, in the last election, people had to wait in some places for 10 hours.
Former President Donald Trump, in turn, welcomed the changes.
Recall that Joe Biden became the first Democratic candidate to win in Georgia over the past 28 years - after Bill Clinton in 1992. Biden's victory was largely due to the support of the suburbs of Atlanta, especially the black population.
This is one of the states where the candidates were with a minimal lead and it was difficult to predict the winner to the last. Due to such a small gap in the state, all votes were counted manually, but the check still confirmed Biden's victory.