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Georgia police arrested the black lawmaker for knocking when Governor Brian Kemp signed new election restrictions

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed a new law restricting electoral access in the state shortly after partisan passed by Republican-led lawmakers. Georgia voted for President Biden in November and then elected two Democrats to the US Senate in a January runoff election. “After the elections last November, I knew, like so many of you, that major reforms were needed in our state elections,” said Kemp. The Atlantic Adam Serwer had an alternative explanation. The Republicans lost the presidential and senate elections in Georgia, so they changed the rules to make it harder for blacks to vote. It’s no more complicated than that. The law doesn’t make it harder to cheat; it is a form of deception, a word that underestimates the malice of it. https://t.co/cnRWpp6czI – Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) March 25, 2021 The new law makes it more difficult to apply for and submit postal ballot papers, changes the early voting hours and replaces the elected state secretary as head of state electoral board with a representative of the legislature and gives this board the power to remove and replace electoral officials of the district. “This provision is widely viewed as something that could be used to target Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold that covers most of Atlanta,” reports The Associated Press. The law also forbids “out-of-group groups from distributing food or water to people waiting in line to vote”. “As always, the burden of these changes rests most heavily on color voters – those who are meant to be protected by voting rights,” Andrea Young, executive director of the Georgia ACLU, said in a statement. When Kemp signed the Behind Closed Doors Act, MP Park Cannon (D) was arrested by Capitol Police for knocking. Cannon, a black woman representing Atlanta, was accused of obstructing law enforcement and disrupting a session of the General Assembly for 5 years in prison, reports AP, “Why are you arresting her?” This live Facebook video from @TWareStevens shows the moment authorities arrested MP Park Cannon when @GovKemp was behind those doors to sign election restrictions. #Gapol pic.twitter.com/U1xMJ6tZrY – Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 25, 2021 Cannon “was told she was disrupting what was going on inside and if she didn’t stop she would be arrested,” the said George State Police spokesman Lt. W. Mark Riley. Cannon refused to stop knocking on the door. “Tamara Stevens, an activist who was with Cannon, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Cannon was not disruptive or disrespectful.” She knew he was signing a bill that would affect all Georgians – why would he hide behind closed doors? Stevens asked. “This is not a monarchy.” More stories from theweek.comIs Biden Harris doomed? mostly because of hypothermia, says State

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