Protests erupted inside Georgia’s state Capitol building late on Tuesday after both the state House and Senate passed bills expanding voter ID laws.
An “insurrection” you say? Nope, it’s just a protest when it’s Democrats.
“ID for absentee ballots are now required in Georgia. Angry leftists react by storming the state capitol,” Ian Miles Cheong said on Twitter, attaching a video of an interaction between protesters and the police inside the Capitol building.
According to WXIA reporter Doug Richards, the protester seen in the video confronting a state trooper is Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon.
Cannon and several other Democratic members of the Georgia House of Representatives joined protests of the new legislation.
A state trooper using a bullhorn then attempted to disperse the lawmakers, informing them that they were in violation of a state statute against disturbing lawmakers in session.
“You will disperse immediately, or you will be arrested,” the trooper said through the bullhorn.
Cannon refused to move until another trooper can be seen in the video trying to get her out of there.
“Session is adjourned, so there is no disrupting of the session,” Cannon said. “Session is over! That is why all the members are out!”
While the House had entered recess for lunch at the time of the incident, the Senate was still in session.
“No! That is not true,” Cannon said as another trooper attempted to get the lawmakers to disperse. “There is no disrupting of the members.”
The House voted along party lines, 97-72, on the sweeping elections bill supported by Republicans who want to impose new voting requirements after losing presidential and U.S. Senate races in Georgia.
Democrats opposing the legislation said it creates obstacles for voting that will do more to reduce turnout than increase election security.
The bill now heads to the state Senate, where a committee voted Monday to end no-excuse absentee voting, which would require most voters to cast ballots in person. That legislation could receive a vote in the full Senate within days.
It didn’t take Democrats long to whine that asking people to provide photo ID before being allowed to vote in “voter suppression”
“Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly are trying to change the rules of the election here in Georgia, rules that you wrote, because you were handed defeat,” said Democrat state Rep. Kimberly Alexander.
“You know that your only chance of winning future elections is to prevent Georgians from having their votes counted and their voices heard,” she added.
Republicans who supported the bill said it was critical to protect the integrity of elections.
“Our goal in this bill is to make sure that Georgia’s election results get back quickly and accurately,” said state GOP Rep. Barry Fleming. “The way we begin to restore confidence in our voting system is by passing this bill. There are many commonsense measures here to begin that process.”
Almost every state in America is considering, in some form, new legislation regarding voting after the 2020 election.
“Lawmakers in 43 states are considering over 250 bills that would create impediments to voting, especially on voters who chose to cast absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a policy institute at New York University. Dozens of election bills are pending in Georgia,” the AJC reported.