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HB531 – Bill gutting early and Sunday voting, disenfranchises Election Day voters, restricts absentee voting
Sponsored by Rep. Barry Fleming, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Alan Powell, Rep. Lynn Smith, Rep. Rick Williams
Summary: House Bill 531 attacks early voting, Election Day voting, and vote by mail— every single way that Georgia citizens vote.
Committee Assignment: Special Committee on Election Integrity
Issue Area: Voter Rights
ACLU GA Position: OPPOSE
CLICK HERE FOR TALKING POINTS ON HB531. Shortcut: acluga.org/hb531

SB29 – VOTER ID for ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Sponsored by Senator Anavitarte 
Summary: Requires Georgia voters who vote absentee/by-mail to submit photocopies of their personal photo identification along with both their 1) absentee ballot application and 2) ballot itself in order to have their vote counted. For both the application and ballot, the voter’s county elections office must verify that the information on the photocopied identification matches the voter’s information on file.
Committee Assignment: Senate Ethics Committee
Issue Area: Voter Rights
ACLU GA Position: OPPOSE

HB59- RANKED VOTING for OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTERS
Sponsored by Rep. Cantrell, Rep. Heath Clark, Rep. Rich, Rep. Nguyen, Rep. Matthew Wilson, Rep. Stacey Evans
Summary:  Proposed amendment to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allowing ranked-choice voting for overseas military so as to remove obstacles in voting and reduce expenses associated with runoff elections. 
Committee Assignment: Special Committee on Election Integrity
Issue Area: Voter Rights
ACLU GA Position: Monitoring

HB62 – PROHIBITS PRIVATE FUNDING for LOCAL ELECTIONS
Sponsored by Reps. Joseph Gullet, Alan Powell, Martin Momtahan, Rick Williams, Matthew Gambill
Summary:  Prohibits boards of elections, boards of elections and registration, local election superintendents, and county boards of registrars from accepting or expending private funds; to provide that such local elections officials can only accept lawful appropriations of public funds or authorized fees.
Committee Assignment: Special Committee on Election Integrity
Issue Area: Voter Rights
ACLU GA Position: OPPOSE

HB 77 – PERMIT VOTERS to CAST BALLOT IN ANY COUNTY PRECINCT
Sponsored by Rep. Roger Bruce, Rep. James Beverly, Rep. Donna McLeod, Rep. Kimberly Alexander, Rep. Dewey McClain, Rep. Debra Bazemore
Summary: To provide that the election superintendent of a county may permit any elector of the county to vote in any precinct of the county which such elector chooses in a primary, election, or runoff under certain conditions.
Committee Assignment: Special Committee on Election Integrity
Issue Area: Voter Rights
ACLU GA Position: SUPPORT