United States Senator, Jon Ossoff is making moves to reverse some of the restrictions that come with Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021, particularly the part that forbids giving out water and food to voters while on the queue at polling units.
Republican Governor, Brian Kemp had in March signed the controversial bill into law in what he believes would prevent candidates from influencing voters’ decision and a way to make elections “fair and secure.”
The new law states that: “No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector.”
The law applies within 150 feet of a polling place or within 25 feet of any voter at a polling place. Violators are guilty of a misdemeanour and it is “a crime punishable by up to a year in jail.”
However, on Sunday, Ossoff made known his intention to introduce a bill to “protect voters’ access to water when they are made to wait in line outside polling places. The bill will counter the new law passed in Georgia and other states.
Ossoff who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a press conference today, Monday to unveil the new bill, according to an advisory from his office.
The law was enacted following unsuccessful efforts to overturn the victory of President Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential election who has also described the law as a “punitive design.”