Georgia Election Integrity Bill 'Incenses' Left, but Ban on Private Funding of Election Administration May Contain Loophole

Georgia Election Integrity Bill 'Incenses' Left, but Ban on Private Funding of Election Administration May Contain Loophole


The Special Committee on Election Integrity of the Georgia House of Representatives held hearings Thursday and Friday on HB 531, which includes a provision designed to ban private funding of election administration of the sort practiced by the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life  (CTCL) in that state in 2020.

“No superintendent shall take or accept any funding, grants, or gifts from any source other than from the governing authority of the county or municipality, the State of Georgia, or the federal government,” lines 47 through 49 of HB 531, which is sponsored by Committee Chair State Rep. Barry Fleming, reads, taking some of the language found in HB 62, which was filed by State Rep. Joseph Gullett in January.

On Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “voting rights advocates and Democratic groups are incensed” by the bill’s many other election integrity provisions :

Introduced by Republican Rep. Barry

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