City Bucks State as Atlanta Mayor Signs Order to Negate Voter ID Law

There’s nothing peachy about the politics of the Peach State this week, as Georgia continues to howl and writhe under the stress of a major governmental battle.

It all began several days ago when GA Governor Brian Kemp signed a highly unpopular new law into being that sought to recalibrate the way in which the state would handle elections. Opponents of Kemp’s law quickly mobilized to criticize the move, insisting that it not only created barriers for legal voters, but did so in a way that disproportionately effects minority voters.

On the other side of the argument is the GOP, who insist that that law does nothing but shore up security for the Peach State’s electoral contests.

The battle is heating up again this week, however, as Georgia’s capital city takes a major stand against the governor.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday issued an administrative order “to mitigate the impact of new voting restrictions imposed” by Georgia’s recently enacted law curbing voting access.

Why it matters: Civil rights groups, Democrats and more than 100 businesses and CEOs have condemned the law.

  • The legislation cuts the time period voters have to request absentee ballots and imposes new identification requirements, among other restrictions.

Details: The mayor’s order directs Atlanta’s chief equity officer to “develop a plan of action within the city’s authority to expand opportunity and access to the ballot box.”

This is far from the first time that Kemp and Bottoms have clashed, and, judging by the backlash we’ve already seen from this latest law, it certainly won’t be the last time, either.