What is House Bill 531?


Fernanda Camacho Hauser, Correspondent

House Bill 531 has created a hushed uproar as people are starting to catch wind of what it would entail. 

While the Georgia General Assembly web page summarizes the bill as “[…] relating to elections and primaries generally, so as to provide that no election superintendents or boards of registrars shall accept private funding; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

But once you slug through the 61 pages of this bill there are sections which call for a limitation on absentee ballots and ballot boxes, as well as limitations on advanced voting.

Suggested limitations include such as, “[…] no absentee ballot shall be mailed to an address other than the permanent mailing address of the elector as recorded on the elector’s voter registration record or a temporary out-of-county or out-of-municipality address.”, which is found on page 20 of HB 531, are being called textbook voter suppression after the events of the November 2020 election cycle.