Sen. Durban: Republicans alarmed that 'too many voters are showing up'

James Marshall
April 21, 2021

What I object to are rules that permitted thousands of Georgia voters to be denied their participation in this election, and had their votes cast out.

The Illinois Democrat chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday titled, "Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote", focused on efforts by Republicans in Georgia and elsewhere to implement new voting laws that critics say will limit voting access by African-Americans and other minorities that lean Democratic.

He told the committee that when he was a child, his father allowed him to join a protest outside a segregated theater where black people were not allowed to enter.

Given his freakish demonization of voting by mail throughout the 2020 election cycle, and his fear that easier access to the ballot would destroy GOP prospects in the future, it's not surprising that Trump thinks doing more - and more, and more - to limit the participation of certain voters is a good idea. Lacking any of these, Owens said, a voter can still fill out a provisional ballot.

The hearing also featured failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams - who continues to falsely assert that the 2018 gubernatorial election was stolen - Sen.

"What I find extremely offensive is the narrative from the left that black people are not smart enough, not educated enough, not desirous enough for education to do what every other culture and race does in this country - get an ID", declared Owens.

"True racism is this: It's the projection of the Democratic Party on my proud race. It's called the soft bigotry of low expectations", he continued.

President Joe Biden has called the voting legislation "new Jim Crow laws" and supported the MLB's decision to move the game.

"The title of this hearing is offensive", Grassley said in his opening remarks.

Grassley pointed out how the "liberal Washington Post" gave President Biden "four Pinocchios" over his claim that Georgia's new law ended voting hours early - a claim that Biden repeated after the Post's fact check. You have said that, quote, you do not concede that the process was proper, and that quote, they stole it from the voters of Georgia.

Cruz brought up Abrams quotes to The New York Times about her feelings that the election was stolen, and asked about Georgia's average voter participation. Calling the criticism "hyper-partisan rhetoric", the governor argues that the legislation "will expand voting access in the Peach State".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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