Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Tuesday instructing the city’s chief equity officer “to take a number of measures to mitigate the effects of the state’s electoral law.
Since Lance Bottoms has no power to influence state election laws, their executive order won’t change any of the new requirements in the bill.
The missions mainly focus on voter education and staff training through their Diversity, Justice and Inclusion Office (DEI). The DEI office will support residents with information on the new electoral laws and on obtaining the ID required for voting.
“The SB 202 election restrictions will hit Atlanta residents disproportionately – especially in color communities and other minority groups,” Mayor Lance Bottoms said in a press release. “This administrative ordinance is intended to do what the majority in the state parliament did not – to expand access to our voting rights.”
Lance Bottoms Executive Order provides employees with early, absentee, and in-person voting training to get the information across to townspeople. QR codes will also be added on the order to direct residents to voter registration information and other related information.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s bill, which was incorporated into law, adds restrictions on early and absentee votes, dropboxing, and makes it illegal to provide food or water to voters. The law already cost the state when Major League Baseball moved its all-star game from Atlanta to Denver.
Axios reported that the move will cost Atlanta $ 100 million and would have given the local community a huge boost and helped recover from COVID-19 in the city.
The bill is one of more than 250 proposed in 43 states to restrict voting. Many of the bills are based on former President Donald Trump’s false election claims of electoral fraud. Meanwhile, some states have expanded their voting, including Virginia, Kentucky, and New York.