How SB202 Changes...
VOTE BY MAIL
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- Restricts vote by mail by shortening the window for voters to request a ballot.
- Increases the chance that voters will receive their ballots late.
- Increases the logistical burden on counties as the flood of VBM applications coincides with preparation for Early Vote.
- Restricts vote by mail by closing the application window before many voters know they need a VBM ballot. (2)
- Restricts vote by mail by removing voter convenience.
- Forces voters to photocopy and mail sensitive personal identification information.
- Disenfranchises Georgians who vote by mail, especially Black, Latino, disabled, immunocompromised, and low-income voters, and any voters who do not have access to copiers and printers (6).
- Restricts vote by mail by delaying mailing VBM ballots until less than a month before an election, affecting nearly 600k Georgians on the rollover list and thousands who submitted their requests early.
- Hinders counties from providing service to voters.
- Severely curtails third-party groups’ VBM get out the vote (GOTV) efforts, by creating potential financial harm.
- Criminalizes the handling and delivery of a VBM application by voters’ friends and 3rd parties. Voters are unlikely to expect the VBM application to carry the same restrictions as the VBM ballot.
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