GOP advocates of the new restrictions claim they will maintain electoral integrity, although there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. For law critics, however, it is the epitome of voter suppression.
President Joe Biden is one of those who strongly opposes the restrictions. Shortly after it was passed, he called the law an “atrocity” and referred to it as “Jim Crow in the 21st century”.
Clyburn repeated Biden’s views on Sunday. When asked by Tapper if he considered Georgia law the “new Jim Crow”, Clyburn replied, “Yes, I do, no question about it.”
The South Carolina Democrat added that it was important not only to look at the language of the law, but also “to look at the implications of what they do.”
Proponents of the law, including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who signed it last month, have defended it by comparing it to other electoral laws across the country, even in blue states, and saying it would allow electoral access in expand in a way. B. by guaranteeing a minimum number of dropboxes. While the language of the law does not place explicit restrictions on any particular group of voters, certain provisions – such as adding new requirements for voter ID cards – are likely to disproportionately affect minority voters.
Clyburn drew a comparison between the law and the restrictions put in place in the 19th century when blacks who came out of slavery were prevented from voting because they were not owners.
“They were denied the right to vote because they did not own property. And then they assumed to have disqualifiers,” said Clyburn. “And they selected those crimes that were more likely to be committed by people of color to disqualify voters than by people who were not people of color.”