Georgia's state legislature passed a new voter ID law, and leftists in the state were so upset by it that they stormed the state capitol.
In the video, an officer can be seen instructing the demonstrators that they are "in violation of 16113441." A woman approaches the officer, putting her face up against his megaphone, and another officer tries to lead her away, taking her arm, saying "step aside ma'am." She resists.
"You will disperse immediately or you will be arrested," the first officer tells the encroaching crowd. The group of protestors does not disperse, and the officers continue to tell them they are in violation. The woman continues to argue with the officer.
This "storming of the capitol" went largely unnoticed by media despite their ongoing concerns about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
The protestors who entered the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta were reacting to a voter ID law that was passed which adds restrictions to voting. Primarily, the bill requires a photo ID for absentee ballots, limits the time a voter has to request an absentee ballot, and put restrictions on the location of and access to ballot drop boxes.
Republican Rep. Barry Fleming, who sponsored the bill, said that "House Bill 531 is designed to begin to bring back the confidence of our voters back into our election system."
Additional protestors included those affiliated with Democrats from Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties, the NAACP of Atlanta, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, according to local news.
Protestors object to any limits on voting, or implementation of voter ID laws, saying that it disenfranchises primarily minority voters who don't have enough access.
Among those who protested the bill were Alaina Reaves, who is the the president of the Clayton County Young Democrats. Reaves said that "We take one step forward and then you know these legislators are trying to bring us up to two steps back."
Georgia was the site of prolonged controversy during the 2020 election season. The Trump campaign launched concerns about voter fraud and election integrity while voting rights advocates like Stacey Abrams pressed celebrities into service to bolster the campaigns of two Democrat senatorial candidates in her state, both of whom won their seats.
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