Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is pushing back against new voting restrictions approved by the Republican-controlled Georgia state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp in March. Lance Bottoms signed an administrative order of her own Tuesday directing city officials to create a plan to “mitigate the impact” of the new rules.
The new rules impose onerous requirements on voting by mail, limit the number of drop-boxes ballots where can be deposited and the hours they will be available to voters, and reduces the number polling places in cities like Atlanta (while expanding the number in more rural areas), and make it easier for state officials to depose local election officials. Republican officials crafted the law in the wake of a series of