We Break Down Georgia’s New Voting Law And Talk Political, Economic Impacts

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The sweeping rewrite of Georgia’s election rules represents the first big set of changes since former President Donald Trump’s repeated, baseless claims of fraud following his presidential loss to Joe Biden.

Georgia has been at the center of that storm. Trump zeroed in on his loss in the state, even as two Democrats won election to the U.S. Senate in January, flipping control of the chamber to their party. The 98-page measure that was signed into law Thursday by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp makes numerous changes to how elections will be administered, including a new photo ID requirement for voting absentee by mail.

Republican supporters say the law is needed to restore confidence in Georgia’s elections. Democrats say it will restrict voting access, especially for voters of color.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball decided to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from Georgia over this new law. The state’s governor Brian Kemp vowed to defend the measure, saying “free and fair elections” are worth any threats, boycotts or lawsuits.

We dive into what the law will do, as well as its political and economic impact on the state. 

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Emma Hurt, politics reporter for WABE, Atlanta’s NPR affiliate station; she tweets @Emma_Hurt

Travis Crum, associate professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; his research interests explore the relationship between voting rights, race, and federalism