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Election Integrity Reform Legislation Moves Towards Passage In Ga

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Legislation to prohibit private funding of election administration and limit the number and location of drop boxes for the deposit of vote by mail absentee ballots is moving through key committees of the Georgia State Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives with just four legislative days left in the current session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Republicans have a majority in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly.

As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, “The Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 531 on March 1 in a 97 to 72 vote, and the Georgia State Senate passed SB 241 on March 8 in a 29 to 20 vote.” Another election integrity bill, SB 202, passed in the State Senate on March 8 on a 32 to 20 vote.

Both houses must pass the same election integrity bill before the current session of the Georgia General Assembly ends on March 31. Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, will then have 4o days to sign the legislation for it to become law.

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly finished its 37th day of legislative session. By law, there are only four more days left in this session, as 11 Alive reported on Monday:

[L]awmakers have backed away from eliminating no excuse absentee balloting and from curbing Sunday voting. They may still back away from the earlier absentee ballot application.

Conversely, the Senate Ethics committee voted Monday to stick with reducing the number of absentee ballot boxes. The measure to replace local election officials also has continued GOP support.

Monday, a House committee approved a revised Senate bill that keeps intact no-excuse absentee voting, and Sunday early voting. “By providing for expanded weekend voting and enshrining drop boxes into law for the first time, we are making it easier to vote across our state,” GOP House speaker Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) said in a statement afterward.

Neither SB 241 nor SB 202 as passed by the State Senate originally include provisions to prohibit private funding of election administration, as the version of HB 531 passed by the House did.

But on Monday, the Senate Ethics Committee passed a version of HB 531 that included a more tightly worded prohibition of such private funding than the version passed earlier in the month by the House:

Section 8 (f) The board of registrars of each county shall prepare annually a budget estimate in which it shall set forth an itemized list of its expenditures for the preceding two years and an itemized estimate of the amount of money necessary to be appropriated for the ensuing year and shall submit the same at the time and in the manner and form other county budget estimates are required to be filed. No board of registrars shall take… (Read more)

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