Georgia Senate Passes Legislation Mandating Photo ID for Absentee Voting

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In all regards, the 2020 presidential election was a disaster for Republicans, as were the 2021 Senate runoffs in Georgia. Amid rampant claims of cheating and voter fraud, Democrats took the White House and the majority in the U.S. Senate.

This didn’t bode well for the Republican Party or the nation. Already, Democrats are conducting themselves in the manners that Republicans warned they would, should the GOP lose the White House and the Senate.

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To avoid repeats of mass election fraud clams and for the purposes of ensuring election security, the GOP is working to eliminate all potential for voter fraud. According to Breitbart News, this is why the Georgia Senate passed legislation this week that mandates photo ID for absentee voting.

Photo ID for Absentee Voting in Georgia

Sen. Larry Walker, the Majority Caucus Vice chair, sponsored the aforementioned legislation, citing it as necessary to secure the process of absentee ballot voting.

The bill ultimately passed in the Senate with 35 in favor and 18 in opposition; unsurprisingly, Democrats voted in lockstep against the legislation that will root out any potential for fraud.

Sen. Walker explained that election integrity, along with “efficiency and security” are the driving factors behind this legislation. After noting the importance of Georgians feeling confident in the security and safety of the vote, Walker stated that the electorate should not be “overly burdened.”

Georgia Democrat Sen. David Lucas of Macon spoke out against the legislation, though. Lucas argued that mandatory photo ID for absentee voting would trigger lawsuits and ultimately disenfranchise Georgia voters. Democrats have long maintained that requiring someone to show ID to vote is somehow tantamount to racism, discrimination, and voter suppression.

What Happens Next?

Since the Georgia Senate has approved legislation requiring mandatory photo ID for absentee voting, the Georgia House of Representatives will have to vote accordingly.

Already, the House of Representatives in the Peach State has passed HB 531. Legislation of this nature deals with various means of upholding election security. One of these measures, of course, includes the requirement of photo ID for individuals seeking to vote via absentee ballot.

Many conservatives are supportive of this legislation, noting the many activities in America that require one to submit photo ID.

What do you think about the Georgia Senate passing legislation that requires photo ID for absentee ballot voting? How do you think the Georgia House of Representatives will vote? Let us know down below in the comments section.