It’s time to tell our legislators we oppose any bill that makes it harder for Georgians to elect their own leaders.
SB 363 has already passed the Georgia senate (where our local senator Bill Cowsert co-sponsored it!). Now it’s in the house.
Deborah Gonzalez (D-117), Spencer Frye (D-118) and Jonathan Wallace (D-119) should vote against it there, but if they’re not your representatives, we need you to call yours.
You can also call the members of the House Governmental Affairs Committee, which is reviewing the bill, especially its chair, Ed Rynders. Click here to send them all an email.
Rep. Ed Rynders (R-Albany) 404-656-6801
Make sure to tell your friends in other districts to call their state legislators, too. Don’t know who your legislators are? Find out here.
Senate Bill 363 looks like a simple change of vote-counting procedure, but if you read the whole bill, you’ll find that it would require all polling places to close at 7 p.m. Those in cities with populations of more than 300,000 (i.e., Atlanta) are currently required to stay open until 8 p.m.
Republicans claim closing polls earlier in cities would avoid confusion, as most polls close at 7 p.m., but this revision doesn’t take into account the traffic conditions and longer work days in cities. And do you think it’s a coincidence that those cities tend to vote for Democrats? If our legislators really want fairness, let’s make all polls close at 8.
Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:
My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I oppose Senate Bill 363 because it forces polls to close earlier in Atlanta. Traffic conditions and later working hours are good reasons to keep polls open later. If we want to simplify polling hours, let’s extend voting hours until 8 for all Georgians. Please oppose any measures that make it more difficult for Georgians to fairly elect their own leaders.
Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.
Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.
Please call them TODAY.
TELL THEM: Let Georgians vote!
Thanks for caring,
Legislative Action Network
Athens for Everyone
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