On Monday, Georgia’s State Election Board was considering three emergency rules for this upcoming runoff. Of the three rules being considered, two were passed, according to Georgia’s NPR affiliate. One of the rules was an extension of monitoring drop boxes in different counties for absentee ballots, adding video recording as a part of the security process. The second rule shortened when counties are required to begin processing absentee ballots, from two weeks to one week and a day before the election. But, most importantly, the third rule that the state’s election board was reviewing was not passed.
A third rule dealing with residency concerns for new voter registrations was scrapped from the discussion, with the secretary of state’s office instead opting to issue that information to counties as an official election bulletin.
As WJCL reported earlier in the day, this third proposed rule would have allowed more and more absentee ballots to be marked as “challenged” by forcing registrars to become detectives and chase around people who may have not had a driver’s license, or if they did have a driver’s license, not have proof of vehicle registered in the state. And if they did have that driver’s license and that vehicle registration, they may not have proof that they paid a required tax on the vehicle. The excuse for this rule is the evidence-devoid conspiracy theory that thousands of people are temporarily moving into Georgia just to vote.
Racism and anti-Democratic legislation and rules seem to be the only things that can be pointed to as consistent polices of the Republican Party at this point in history. Sure, there’s the deregulation and tax break thing, but at this point, those things—once fantabulously connected to fiscal conservatism—have now just become symptoms of avarice and corruption.