Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan appeared on FOX News this past weekend and defended the state’s new voter integrity law, Senate Bill 202.
On Monday, though, Duncan and members of his staff would not say why he did not fight for a special session to address these matters late last year.
The Georgia Star News emailed members of Duncan’s staff and asked why state legislators needed to pass SB 202 into law this year — but not something similar late last year before state officials held not one but two crucial U.S. Senate races. Members of Duncan’s staff did not return our request for comment.
Georgia’s new voter integrity law requires voter ID on all absentee ballots, increases oversight of local election boards that fail to follow state election law, and secures drop boxes around the clock.
Duncan said on FOX News this past weekend and said the new voter law was “one of the most common sense things we did here.”
Duncan said he wants the state to “hopefully move past the politicizing of the issue or weaponizing of this issue.”
After the November presidential election, State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and State Sen. Burt Jones (R-Jackson) helped introduce a petition for a special session. The petition sought to determine Georgia’s electors. That petition also sought to investigate the voting irregularities and claims of voter fraud that occurred during the general election. The effort also aimed to nullify the consent decree that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger signed into law with Stacey Abrams.
Beach and Jones learned in January that they would no longer chair committees over which they had previously presided. Jones would no longer chair the Committee on Insurance and Labor. Beach would no longer oversee his body’s Transportation Committee.
State Sen. Matt Brass (R-Newnan), meanwhile, also questioned the integrity of the results of Georgia’s presidential election. Duncan and other Republican members of Georgia’s State Senate leadership informed Brass that he would no longer chair the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee. Brass, however, went on to chair the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.
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