Just months after the Democrats won the United States presidential election, Republicans are trying to make sweeping changes to electoral laws. Some of the new measures: postal voting and the right to vote earlier in the weekend will be limited and the number of ballot boxes will be reduced. All proposals have one thing in common: they mainly affect black voters.
“Shamelessly racist,” Iconium Baptist Church pastor Timothy McDonald calls the new electoral laws. His church is in Atlanta, the capital of the state of Georgia, which surprisingly went to the Democrats in November. There too, the Republicans are trying to adjust the electoral laws.
The pastor organizes events under the motto on the Sundays before elections Souls to the Polls, where all attendees go to the polls together after the service. Thanks to this event, he regularly reaches 100 percent turnout among his churchgoers. If Americans were no longer allowed to vote on Sundays, it would be Souls to the Polls also no longer able to proceed.
Not seen since the 50s
But not being able to vote on Sundays isn’t the only measure that makes voting more difficult for black voters, McDonald explains. “They want to require a form of identification for postal voting, something that many African Americans do not have and for which you have to pay. In addition, they want to reduce the number of ballot boxes in black neighborhoods. disheartening. And they know it, and that’s why they want to implement it. It’s pure discrimination and blatantly racist. “
The new bills come after Trump’s persistent baseless claims that he lost the election to “widespread voter fraud.” “This bill is designed to restore the confidence of our constituents,” said Representative Barry Fleming, initiator of the bill in Georgia.
But according to McDonald, the law has nothing to do with restoring trust. “In the United States, especially in the South, we have a history of suppressing voters, especially the African American voter. They do everything they can to prevent such a rise again.
Candies in a jar
McDonald’s father took him to a polling station when he was a little boy to show how difficult it was to vote. “Before my dad could vote, he had to guess how many candies were in a jar. These were tests they only used on African Americans.”
McDonald says Republicans are now trying to secure their power “by suppressing our vote.” “We’re going to put in our people and they will vote and we will win. We have to show that we can beat them in their own game, despite the obvious racism.”