On Monday, State Senator Fran Millar released a memo condemning interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May for deciding to open several early voting locations, including one at South DeKalb Mall, on Sunday October 26th. Millar’s thoughts were almost immediately spread across left-leaning media outlets, including the Huffington Post and ThinkProgress.
Now, Greg Bluestein of the AJC’s Political Insider brings us the news that Governor Deal doesn’t like the idea either, and thinks that the issue could be addressed in January when the General Assembly convenes. Within five minutes of Bluestein’s tweeting the story, Better Georgia was on the attack:
It’s too late to put this back in the bottle.
In South Georgia, Lowndes County has become the second county to schedule Sunday early voting this cycle. It’s possible other counties may embrace the practice. And my guess is, if the General Assembly tries to change the rules post hoc, Attorney General Eric Holder will have his Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division lawyers knocking on the Secretary of State’s door in a heartbeat.
Georgia left the era of literacy tests and poll taxes behind quite some time ago. While stopping early voting from occurring on Sundays doesn’t rise to that level of discrimination, it certainly doesn’t help a Republican Party that is trying its best to attract minority voters.
It’s no secret that Democrats are trying to increase minority voting strength in an effort to turn Georgia purple. Rather than trying to slow that process down, Republicans should redouble their efforts to increase their voting strength.