Updated: Mar 30
March 25, 2021
Georgia NAACP State President, Reverend James Woodall calls for future direct action following the passing of Senate Bill 202 for its "Jim Crow era" attempt to disenfranchise its Black and Brown voters.
Media Contact: Tequeria Barrett / email@example.com Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP responds to the passage of Senate Bill 202: "We are deeply troubled by several provisions within Senate Bill 202. From the inefficient and burdensome use of identification requirements on absentee ballots and applications, to a so-called "voter fraud" hotline that will lead to intimidation, the criminalization of NAACP volunteers who want to give food and water to voters waiting in long lines, and —last but certainly not least— to allowing local Boards of Elections to be taken over by GOP legislators, this dangerous legislation does nothing to improve voter confidence in the election process nor ensures election integrity.
It’s also important to note that Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan had a chance to honor the process by acknowledging this legislation violates Senate rules and Georgia code by not having a fiscal note. He also could have sent this bill to conference committee to at least respect the integrity of the legislative processes but failed to do so after promising “fairness and balance.”
The Georgia NAACP will use every legal option available to protect the right of all Georgians to vote. Despite this set back, we are motivated now more than ever. We are not defeated - we’re just getting started." He concludes.
About Georgia NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of units throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocate for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.