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24Apr/210

Here are 6 notable changes passed as part of Georgia’s highly-contested and sweeping elections bill

georgia voting Demonstrators stand outside of the Georgia Capitol building on March 3, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ratified a sweeping referendum reform proposal into ordinance Thursday. The statement expands early voting and requires an ID number for absentee voting, among other things. Here are six conspicuous changes to elections and electing included in the legislation. See more stories on Insider's business sheet.

After Georgia cast the definite elects in both the US presidential election and the Senate, GOP Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping election reform bill Thursday that impacts voting procedures and election administration in the nation. As Insider's Grace Panetta reported, the Republican-backed bill was legislated despite opponent from Democrat who said the law will limit Americans' access to the ballot and curtail voting rights.

Here are some remarkable the progression of the controversial bill.

Absentee voting will now require submitting an identification number in place of signature matching

To apply to vote by forward, voters will have to provide an identification number from a state-issued ID, like a driver's license or regime ID card. Voters will also have to write that number or the last four digits of their Social Security number on the envelope when they mail in their ballots.

The process will supersede signature parallelling, which Georgia currently uses to verify referendums. Some election officials have said ID quantities are a more objective method, as opposed to having election officials be determined whether signatures match.

However, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, around 200,000 Georgia voters need an ID.

The opening for early voting will be expanded in most districts for general elections

In-person early electing times and times are expanded under the law. The new rule compels three weeks of early voting, with voting times scheduled for at least 8 hours and up to 12 hours. Canvas are allowed to open as early as 7 a. m. and close as late as 7 p. m.

Weekend voting is also expanded, mandating two Saturdays of early voting and holding counties the option to offer two Sundays of early voting.

The invoice establishes it illegal for voluntaries to deliver food and liquid to voters

One section of the invoice would make it illegal to give money or endowments, including food or water, to people waiting in line to vote. The principle is applicable inside a polling place, within 150 hoofs of a building serving as a polling place, and within 25 paws of a voter standing in line.

The section also says: "No person shall solicit votes in a way that was or by any means or method."

Existing Georgia law previously restricts gifting or receiving knacks "for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or have voted in favour of a particular candidate."

Voting claims proposes say the new regulations discourage voters from staying around in long voting threads. Long indications are particularly a problem in Black communities in Georgia, where a dearth of polling places can turn voting into an all-day affair.

The time between general elections and runoff polls was lessened, as was the early-voting window for runoffs

The bill shortens the time between general elections and runoff elections from nine weeks to four weeks. It likewise abridges the amount of hour for early voting in runoffs, from three weeks to one week.

In Georgia, runoffs is the case when no nominee receives more than 50% of the vote, as happened in the 2020 referendum in both of Georgia's Senate races.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock defeated their Republican opponents in runoff elections in January, effectively delivering Democrats a majority in the Senate.

The bill allows for permanent ballot drop containers, but limits the number districts are allowed to have

Ballot drop boxes were introduced as emergency measures, during the pandemic, but the legislation countenances some to be made permanent. However, it limits districts to one put container per 100,000 residents, or 1 per early voting point, whichever is fewer.

It also requires drop chests to be placed inside early electing locations.

The parliament will have greater control over how referendums are administered

The bill dedicates the position parliament the power to appoint the chair of the State Election Board, a character that was previously filled by the Georgia secretary of state.

Brad Raffensperger, the current secretary of state, was heavily criticized by President Donald Trump for supporting the accuracy of the election despite Trump's unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud.

The law also causes the State Election Board limit over district referendum administration.

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Trump pressured another Georgia elections official, Frances Watson, to uncover nonexistent voter fraud

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Former President Donald Trump stressed another Georgia elections official to find voter fraud, The Wall Street Journal reported. Frances Watson is the chief investigator at the Georgia Secretary of State's part. "Do you think they'll be working after Christmas, to keep it leading fast? " Trump asked. "Because, you are well aware, "were having" that time of the 6th, which is a very important date." See more tales on Insider's business page.

Former President Donald Trump advised a Georgia elections official to show nonexistent evidence of mass fraud before the "very important date" of January 6, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

In a six-minute phone call before Christmas, Trump pressured Frances Watson, the investigations supervisor for the Georgia Secretary of State, to scrutinize the signatures on mail-in referendums, while falsely claiming he won the state by "hundreds of thousands of votes."

Trump lost Georgia by over 11,000 elections, an outcome confirmed by reviews and the state's Republican elections officials.

The phone call with Watson was a prelude to a more confrontational talk days later with Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. In that communication, daytimes before the insurrection at the US Capitol, Trump suggested that the GOP official could be criminally prosecuted if he did not help overturn the 2020 election.

While the announcement has previously been reported on, first by The Washington Post, The Journal obtained the audio of the call.

You can read a transcript below.

Unknown: Ms. Watson, the president.

Donald Trump: Hello, Frances. How are you?

Frances Watson: Hello, Mr. President. I am actually doing very well.

Trump: Good. Well you have a big fan in our great director, right? Chief of staff, Mark.

Watson: I did! I convened him. I, um, it was a pleasure to meet him yesterday.

Trump: That is great. He's a great - he was a big success for us. He was a great congressman and then, when you lead by 35 stations it's hard to get parties out of there, but I tried very difficult, for two years. And we got him, and he's done a fantastic activity. I just wanted to thank you for everything. He told me you've been great.

And you know, gaze, this country is counting on it. Because it's quite interesting. So I acquired Florida in a record number. Ohio in a record. Texas in a record. Alabama by 40 - 40 items. And I won everything but Georgia. And, you know, and I earned Georgia. I is a well-known fact that. By a lot. And the people know it. And, you know, something happened. Something bad happened.

And I hope you're doing that[ inaudible] - you know, I hope you're going back two years, as to report to simply checking, you know, one against the other because that would just sort of has become a signature check that didn't convey anything.

But if you go back two years, and if you can get to Fulton, you are going to find things that are going to be unbelievable. The treachery that we've listen from -

Watson: Right.

Trump: Rudy - you know, just good roots. Genuinely good roots. But Fulton. Fulton is the motherload, you are well aware, as the construction leads. Fulton County -

Watson: Right.

Trump: And, uh.

Watson: Well, Mr. President, I regard your mention. And I can assure you that our squad, and the GBI, that we're merely interested in the truth.

Trump: That's great.

Watson: And feel the information that's based on the facts. We've been working 12 -, 16 -hour eras. And-

Trump: Great.

Watson: - you know we're working through it. So I can rest assured that. I do appreciate you calling. I is a well-known fact that you're extremely, very busy, a very important man, and I'm very honored that you called. And, you are well aware, and quite-

Trump: It's so important what you're doing.

Watson: Quite frankly I'm stunned that you would take time to do that, but I am very appreciative.

Trump: Yeah, Mark asked me to do it. He thinks you're enormous. You know, you just have the most important job in the country right now, because if we earn Georgia - first of all, if we triumph, you're going to have two earns. They're not going to see prevail right now, you know. They're down. Because the people of Georgia are so angry at what happened to me. They know I acquired. Won by hundreds of thousands of polls. It wasn't close.

And Alabama, you know ... I won South Carolina in a record. Alabama in a record. Florida in a record. You know, I earned Florida by 6- or 700,000 referendums. It's never happened before with a Republican. With all the money they spent. You know, you heard all that, these guys going down, spending a fortune.

And we won Texas by a record. Texas was won by the biggest, the biggest number ever. And it, you are well aware. And Ohio of course. You know that. You only knew that. That was prevailed by nine details or something. And it's ... all of it. Iowa. And it never obligated impression. And, you are well aware, they plunged votes. They slipped all these votes.

Stacey Abrams. Really, really terrible. Just a awful thing.

And I will say this. If and when - I symbolize, hopefully this will show, because if you go back two years or four years you're going to see it's a totally different signature - but, but hopefully when the answer "re coming" you'll be praised. I represent, I don't know why, you know they've made it so hard. They will be admired. People will say, "Great." Because that's what it's about. That ability to check and to make it right. Because everyone knows it's wrong. There's merely no way.

You know, the government has beings in Georgia, for example, that won, and I was way ahead of them, and they prevailed because of me - you know I drew them, as they call it, coattails - we gathered them across and "theyre saying", "There's no way I beat you by 15 sites, " you know. I've had that - we've had spate of those calls too.

So, anyway. But whatever you can do, Frances. It's a great thing. It's an important thing for the country. So important. You "ve no idea", it's so important.

Watson: Well, Mr. -

Trump: And I very much appreciate it.

Watson: Well, I admire your bawl. And I hope you and your family have a very healthy and fortunate Christmas. And I certainly appreciate you and everything that you've done.

Trump: Well, and I applauded the fact very, Frances. Do you think they'll working here after Christmas, to keep it going fast? Because, you know, "were having" that appointment of the 6th, which is a very important date.

Watson: Right, right. I know you've gone that coming up. And I can assure you that I'm going to be working and we're going to be working. And it's-

Trump: Good.

Watson: And I applauded the fact. And you know, our team's out there working, you know. We've come pandemic-

Trump: I hear the Georgia, it's not the FBI, what was it, the BI, right?

Watson: Right.

Trump: But I listen, I sounds they're splendid. And I heard it said that I'm 96% with them, so that's good, okay.

Watson:[ humour]

Trump: But say hello to those guys. Tell them I appreciate it very much. Let' em all know.

Watson: I will certainly do that.

Trump: You just take care. Call anytime you need, if you need assistance. Call me. Mark has the quantity. Mark realizes it, but I wanted to call you and thank you.

Watson: Well, thank you for coming in. And you have a good evening.

Trump: Thanks, Frances. Take care. Have a good Christmas and everything. So long. Thanks, Frances.

Watson: Thank you. Goodbye.

Trump: Appreciate it. Bye.

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