A NEW voting law in Georgia is driven by "blatant racism," according to civil rights activists.
A federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with SB 202, which was signed by Governor Brian Kemp in March of 2021.
What is Georgia's new voting law?
SB 202 imposes voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water.
The measure comes after former President Donald Trump made and continues to make unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
He was defeated in the 2020 presidential election by Joe Biden.
Supporters of the new bill said the new law merely ensures the integrity of future elections, despite no evidence of voter fraud being found in 2020.
Why are Georgia companies facing boycott?
Donald Trump has told supporters to boycott UPS, JP Morgan, ViacomCBS and Delta along with Coca-Cola and MLB over their opposition to the new Georgia election law.
Trump, newly ousted from the White House, criticized the companies for speaking out against the legislation.
"For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them," Trump said in a statement.
"Now they are going big time with WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections.
"It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back – we have more people than they do—by far!"
He added: "Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent.
"We can play the game better than them."
Trump then repeated unproven claims that the 2020 election had been "rigged."
Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game out of Georgia over the new voting law, getting former President Barack Obama's support for "taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens."
What does the new law mean for voters?
Civil rights groups claim the law is driven by “blatant racism, represents politics at its very worst, and is clearly illegal.”
The lawsuit was filed by the Georgia NAACP, Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, League of Women Voters of Georgia, GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, Common Cause and the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe.
The complaint alleges that Republican officials are targeting voters of color following the record turnout during the 2020 presidential election and the two Senate runoffs in Georgia in January 2021.
It claims "SB 202 is the culmination of a concerted effort to suppress the participation of black voters and other voters of color by the Republican State Senate, State House, and Governor."
Five million Georgia voters cast a ballot in the presidential election, up from 4.1 million in 2016.
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