The Georgia Senate has passed S.B. 241, a sweeping election reform bill that would end the state’s no-excuse absentee voting.
Senate Bill 241 makes a number of changes to Georgia’s election code but most notably it specifies who is eligible to vote by mail.
S.B. 241 will limit mail-in balloting to those who are over 65, are physically disabled, required to be outside their voting precinct during the three-week in person early voting period and election day, have a religious holidayfall on election day, works in elections or is a military or overseas absentee voter.
S.B. 241 was sponsored by 31 Republican senators.
A BILL to be entitled an Act to comprehensively revise elections and voting; to amend Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., relating to elections and primaries generally, so as to provide for the establishment of a voter intimidation and illegal election activities hotline; to limit the ability of the State Election Board and the Secretary of State to enter into certain consent agreements; to amend Article 1 of Chapter 13 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., relating to general provisions regarding administrative procedure, so as to provide for the submission and suspension of emergency rules by the State Election Board; to provide for severability; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.