Georgia panel rejects attempt to put tighter restrictions on absentee voting

The State Election Board in Georgia rejected a resolution calling on the General Assembly to restrict absentee voting in a split decision.

The board voted 3-2 against the resolution offered by Republican-appointed board member Janice Johnston, who had expressed concerns over security with no-excuse absentee voting.

In her resolution recommending the General Assembly to impose restrictions on the practice, which has been in place since 2010, Johnston says that the election board has heard from numerous voters about absentee voting.

Johnston proposed in her resolution that restrictions in place prior to the current law be reimposed on absentee voting, allowing for those absent from their precinct on Election Day, those unable to go to a polling place for official, religious, or caretaking reasons, and those 75 years old and older to vote absentee.

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