After the 2020 election, our state became ground zero for voter suppression. With partisan gerrymandering, long lines in minority communities, polling place closures, and voter purges, the state of Georgia has followed every strategy in the voter suppression playbook. In 2021, Georgia’s governor signed S.B. 202 into law — a sweeping voter suppression law designed to build new barriers between Georgians and the polls. Senator Warnock has called this law, and laws like it, “Jim Crow in new clothes”.
In the spirit of his mentor and parishioner, the late Congressman John Lewis, Reverend Warnock understands that our vote is our voice, and that the ability to use our voice is a matter of human dignity. Whether through vote-by-mail or in-person voting, all Georgia voters must have the opportunity to use their voice at the ballot box. He believes that the best way to honor John Lewis’ legacy is not to simply offer pious platitudes, but to get busy restoring the Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court. Our elections must be fair, open, and safe for every eligible citizen, and Americans should never have to choose between their life and their vote.
Sen. Warnock’s work to protect the right to vote:
- Is leading the fight to secure voting rights in Congress, beginning with the delivery of a historic maiden floor speech on the very topic
- Introduced the Preventing Election Subversion Act, which would combat voter suppression efforts
- Belongs to a core group of Senators helping to push the Freedom to Vote Act over the finish line
- Has continued to call on members of both parties to prioritize federal voting rights protections