ACLU of Georgia

How SB202 Changes...

Election Day Voting

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Before SB202

Courts can order poll extensions at their discretion.

After SB202 (Current Law)

In considering a poll hour extension, courts must apply a new legal standard when determining whether people were unable to vote. Poll hours may not be extended longer than the period voting was interrupted. Poll extensions beyond 9pm require a written order.
§21-2-403(b), S.B. 202 §31

CONSEQUENCES

  • Will have a dampening effect on organizations and counties in seeking poll extensions.

Before SB202

Most out-of-precinct provisional ballots were counted.

After SB202 (Current Law)

Out-of-precinct provisional ballots are ONLY counted if cast after 5pm and if a voter signs a sworn statement that they are unable to make it to their assigned polling place in time.
§21-2-418(a); §21-2-419(c)(2); S.B. 202 §§ 34, 35

CONSEQUENCES

  • Disenfranchises thousands of voters by throwing out valid ballots cast in county.

Before SB202

Organizations could conduct "line warming" activities (1).

After SB202 (Current Law)

"Line warming" is prohibited within 150 feet of polling places and 25 feet of voters in line. Poll officers may set up an unattended "self-service" water station.
§21-2-414 (a-f), S.B. 202 §33

CONSEQUENCES

  • Criminalizes Georgians providing refreshments to their neighbors.
  • Punishes voters, especially Black, Latino, disabled, and low-income voters who often vote at polling locations with histories of extremely long lines.

Footnotes:

1: Such as providing food and water to voters waiting in line.