I was proud to sign S.B. 202 to ensure elections in Georgia are secure, fair, and accessible.
I appreciate the hard work of members of the General Assembly to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. pic.twitter.com/1ztPnfD6rd — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 25, 2021.
The bill has been criticized as a measure that will largely affect Black voters and other voters of color, with groups like the ACLU arguing it amounts to voter suppression among already-disenfranchised groups.
Kemp has denied that the bill seeks to suppress votes.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Will Bunch agreed, calling it the state's "new, new Jim Crow."
Bunch also reports that the painting centered in Kemp's photo is actually a painting of "a notorious slave plantation in Wilkes County.".
He draws a line from emancipation, to harsh Jim Crow laws of the 20th century, to today's 253 restrictive bills tightening voting rights, making the presence of the portrait particularly "shocking.". »