GEORGIA – Today, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a letter to 159 counties in Georgia demanding that early voting should begin as soon as Tuesday, November 22 and that early voting hours be extended to a window of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now, over 40 organizations have signed on in full support.
This demand letter is in response to Georgia’s 2021 election law, the Election Integrity Act of 2021 (SB 202), which declares that there will only be four weeks between Election Day and the runoff election, with Thanksgiving and another state holiday the following day which, until recently was a holiday to observe the birthday of confederate leader, Robert E. Lee. Without action, Georgians will only be offered five weekdays of early in-person voting beginning November 28, which further constrains mail-in voting.
We strongly encourage all counties to staff early voting sites on campuses at Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and all campus locations across the state. We recommend multiple days of early voting on campus from November 28 – December 2.
Working families in Georgia need time to vote outside of working hours. SB 202 is a confusion tactic; we knew all along that the 2021 law would further strengthen voter suppression in Georgia. With the voter registration deadline passing before voters knew about a run-off, Georgians face a restricted window of time to vote for their next Senator if Georgia’s Secretary of State does not act. We stand with the LDF, SPLC, and ACLU in demanding that Georgia empowers its communities to vote and to have sufficient time to do so. America’s democracy depends on it.
Georgia must act now to live up to our country’s values, where communities should be empowered and encouraged to vote without rampant voter suppression. Our country’s youth, students, families, essential workers, and democracy depend on it.
Care in Action
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda
Georgia Association of Educators
All Voting is Local
Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc
GEORGIA LATINO ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Black Male Voter Project
SEIU Workers United
The African women pac
Mijente Support Committee
Community Change Action
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
New Georgia Project
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
II NextGen America
NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia
Black Voters Matter
Black Voters Matter Fund
Georgia Youth Justice Coalition
Represent GA Action Network Inc.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
GALEO Impact Fund
Asian American Advocacy Fund
JCRC of Atlanta
Rep GA Institute Inc.
Family Friendly Georgia
Protect the Vote GA
Voting Rights Lab
159 Georgia Together
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