ATLANTA — Atlanta media mogul Tyler Perry is speaking out against Georgia’s newly approved election law and is calling on the Department of Justice to look at the constitutionality of the law.
Gov. Brian Kemp signed the new law last week, which he said expands weekend early voting, makes ballot drop boxes an official part of Georgia election law and replaces signature matches on absentee ballots with a voter ID.
Critics, however, contend the new law is more about voter suppression than election integrity, especially the law preventing people from providing food and water to voters within 150 feet of polling places.
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Perry said the new law “harkens to the Jim Crow era.”
“As a Georgia resident and business owner I’ve been here a few times with the anti-abortion bill and the LGBTQ discrimination bill. They all sent a shockwave through Georgia and the nation but none of them managed to succeed. I’m resting my hope in the DOJ taking a hard look at this unconstitutional voter suppression law that harkens to the Jim Crow era. As some consider boycotting, please remember that we did turn Georgia blue and there is a gubernatorial race on the horizon - that’s the beauty of a democracy.”
Several of metro Atlanta’s companies have come out against the new law, including Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola and The Home Depot.