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Opinion: New voter laws are divisive and discriminatory
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Voters cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Brenau Downtown Center at the Gainesville IV voting precinct. - photo by Scott Rogers

The catalyst for the Republicans’ efforts to restrict voter access was the failure of Russia and Iran to influence the 2020 elections. Security for our elections tightened up considerably after the 2016 elections. There was no fraud. Just good grass-roots efforts in Georgia by people like Stacey Abrams to get Democratic voters to vote in mass.  

Georgia is forevermore a key swing state in future elections.  

I voted in person during the 2020 primary election at a basketball court inside of a Flowery Branch elementary school. 

I had to work a busy schedule when the runoff elections in Georgia came up for the two Senate seats. I voted absentee ballot and mailed the ballot at the Flowery Branch post office.  I had complete faith in our postal system and our voting mechanism to count all absentee ballots.

I don’t know what can be done about the restrictive new voting laws enacted by Gov. Kemp, but there is considerable backlash. These new laws are divisive and they discriminate against all minorities. I hope that these efforts to block voter access in our country ultimately fails or backfires on Republicans in future elections.  

Hatred has no business in our election process. It needs to be cut out because it is a cancer to our democracy.

William McKee

Flowery Branch

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