Updated: Mar 1
ATLANTA -- On Monday, March 1, the Georgia NAACP will hold a rally in protest of the onslaught of voter suppression bills pushed by Georgia Republicans in the state legislature. Legislation, such as House Bill 531 and Senate Bill 241, would roll back voting rights and access for voters across the state. Included in these bills are racist proposals that would add new photo ID requirements to vote by mail, and crackdowns on weekend voting that transparently target the Black voters and Souls to the Polls. "The right to vote is under attack in this state and we refuse to stand idly by as the legislature push these attacks against Black voters and democracy," says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.
HB 531 would add discriminatory new requirements for photo ID for voters who choose to vote by mail - ignoring the over 200,000 Georgians who do not have an acceptable ID under this bill. Additionally, it severely restricts weekend voting, forcing counties to choose between having Saturday OR Sunday voting. Black voters in Georgia disproportionately make up those who vote on weekends, and have a long tradition of Sunday voting through Souls to the Polls. In addition, these restrictions harm Jewish voters whose religious services and Sabbath observances make Sunday voting an essential option.
SB 241, like HB 531, adds racist photo ID requirements that disproportionately burden Black and brown Georgians. It also would create a new “fraud” hotline staffed by the Georgia Attorney General, a direct pipeline to voter prosecution and intimidation. This hotline under SB 241 is required to accept anonymous reports, making it an obvious risk for bad-faith reports that endanger voters’ rights and safety.
Both of these bills also contain significant costs to counties - a total estimated over $70 million combined - that would force Georgia counties and taxpayers to pay for the Republican legislature’s voter suppression. Republicans are risking the safety of voters, Georgians’ constitutional rights, and our economy - all in the name of silencing the voices of the people. "On March 1, the Georgia NAACP will show the nation that these assaults on the sacred right to vote cannot go unanswered. Our ancestors defeated Jim Crow once and we will surely defeat it again," concluded Rev. Woodall.
### 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 advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.