Schumer blasts Georgia voting measure: 'Despicable! We will act'

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday condemned a sweeping elections bill signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempOn The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Businesses contribute thousands to backers of Georgia election law after condemning it Conservative group to defend Georgia election law in All-Star Game ads MORE (R), calling the legislation “despicable” and vowing to take action against it.

“Since 2012—the GA GOP has closed more than 200 polling places,” Schumer tweeted. “Voters in mostly Black precincts now wait 8X LONGER to vote than voters in mostly white precincts. Now the GOP makes it a crime to give water to people standing in long lines THEY CREATED.”

The top Democrat vowed: “We will act.”


The controversial law, passed by a party-line vote just hours earlier by the GOP-controlled state General Assembly, tightens voting laws by limiting the use of ballot drop boxes and setting photo ID requirements for absentee voting.

The bill also takes aim at the state’s absentee ballot request period, setting the deadline for voters to request absentee ballots at 11 days before an election. It also calls for prohibiting people from giving food or drinks to voters waiting in line to cast their ballots.


Democrats have widely condemned the legislation, seeing it as a direct response to a series of recent Republican electoral losses.

The voting bill is among dozens being considered by state legislatures nationwide after former President Trump spread claims that voter fraud and systemic irregularities had cost him the 2020 election.

There is no evidence to support any of Trump's claims, but Georgia’s bill aims to respond to his grievances.

In November, President BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE became the first Democrat to win a presidential race in Georgia since 1992. Two months later, in January, Democrats Jon OssoffJon OssoffObamaCare 2.0 is a big funding deal Senate Democrats call for Medicaid-like plan to cover non-expansion states Stacey Abrams PAC tops 0 million raised MORE and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockObamaCare 2.0 is a big funding deal Kaseya ransomware attack highlights cyber vulnerabilities of small businesses Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection MORE successfully ousted former Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (R-Ga.) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race WNBA announces zero COVID-19 positive tests, 99 percent fully vaccinated MORE (R-Ga.), respectively, in a pair of runoff elections that effectively handed Democrats the Senate majority.

A Democratic state representative caused an uproar when she was arrested Thursday inside the Statehouse as she knocked on the door of Kemp's office to protest during a signing ceremony for the bill.