Georgia’s New Election Law – SB 202 – Explained
The New Georgia Election Law – SB 202:
On March 25, 2021 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 202 (SB 202) into state law. The 98-page bill introduced sweeping changes into state election laws. The bill was introduced and passed by Georgia’s Republican-led General Assembly, and was signed into law shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 general election which saw three key races in Georgia won by Democratic challengers over Republican incumbents, most notably:
• Presidential Election: Joseph R. Biden (D) defeated Donald J. Trump (R)
• Senate: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) defeated incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R)
• Senate: John Ossoff (D) defeated incumbent David Purdue (R)
L.E.A.D., Inc.- SB 202 InfoGraphic:
At L.E.A.D., we believe that the sport of baseball is a metaphor for life. With that in mind, we created this baseball-themed infographic to help educate on the contents of SB 202, and to specifically highlight 16 key provisions of the 98-page bill that were detailed in an April 2, 2021 New York Times article.
Using the baseball analogy, the info-graphic depicts the 16 key provisions of the bill as stadium seating sections. Breaking the 98-page bill down to 16 key provisions is designed to simplify the content of the bill for readers, and to allow for the contents of the bill to be consumed in manageable chunks.
The 9 players on the field represent the 9 members of the Executive Branch of the Georgia State Government, from Governor down to Public Service Commission Chair. Bio’s of each of the 9 members of Georgia’s Executive branch are included in the infographic as well.
It should be noted that on June 25, 2021, the U.S Department of Justice headed by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board. The DOJ complaint contends that several provisions of SB 202 were adopted with the purpose of denying the right to vote on account of race.
The laws governing state elections influence who gets to “take the field” that is, who gets elected to state-level governmental positions as well as who gets to represent Georgians in Washington, D.C. We encourage you to interact with this infographic to educate yourself on the key provisions of SB 202 and to engage in healthy debate regarding the law.