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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Uses Executive Authority To ‘Mitigate Impact’ Of Voting Restrictions

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an Administrative Order in response to the voting legislation passed by the Georgia legislature last month.

The Order directs the City’s Chief Equity Officer to implement a series of actions to mitigate the impact of the new voting restrictions imposed by Senate Bill 202.

“The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately impact Atlanta residents—particularly in communities of color and other minority groups,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This Administrative Order is designed to do what those in the majority of the state legislature did not—expand access to our right to vote.”

The Administrative Order directs the City’s Chief Equity Officer to develop a plan of action within the City’s authority to expand opportunity and access to the ballot box.

Among the actions listed in the order are:

  • Providing training to staff members on voter registration and general information on early, absentee, and in-person voting, in order that they may communicate this information to City residents.
  • Disseminating information to City residents on how to obtain the forms of identification required for absentee voting.
  • Working with corporate and community partners to develop and implement Public Service Announcements and other communications to provide clarity on new voting-related deadlines and timelines.

Several lawsuits have been filed against the state regarding the law and Major League Baseball announced last week it was moving its All-Star Game out of the state in protest of the law.

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