Georgian lawmakers have tabled more than 80 election-related nominations this year, and Republicans in many states are pushing for tightening voting restrictions. Duncan pointed out that some of Georgia’s electoral laws were drafted by Democrats or are bipartisan efforts – “There are some good ideas that have been put into practice by Democrats and Republicans,” he said – but agreed to some proposed changes, including an end to, not to vote by mail without an apology.
Former Georgia House minority leader Stacey Abrams described Sunday’s efforts to tighten voting rules as “racist”.
“It’s a redux from Jim Crow in a suit and tie,” Abrams said of CNN’s State of the Union. She added, “There is a direct link between the use of Dropboxing, the use of personal early voting, especially on Sundays, and the use of post-polls, as well as a direct increase in the number of people using color voting.”
Host Chuck Todd pointed out to Duncan that attempts by state lawmakers to restrict weekend voting appear to many as an attempt to appeal to African-American voters.
“I’m very sensitive to this,” said Duncan. “And I’m one of those Republicans who want more people to vote. I think our ideas help people.”
Duncan acknowledged his views on keeping voting accessible are a minority in his party, saying the misinformation related to the November election hurt Republican credibility. But Duncan said he was “in lock step” with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for failing to keep apologetic postal ballot papers.
“I hope that more people will vote in Georgia in the next elections than in the previous ones,” said Duncan.