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March 02, 2021

Rep. Bourdeaux: “Every Voice Must Be Heard And Every Vote Must Be Counted.”

WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) addressed the House of Representatives in strong support of H.R. 1, the For The People Act. Congresswoman Bourdeaux is a cosponsor of H.R. 1 and introduced an amendment to protect absentee ballots and voter drop boxes.

Today’s remarks follow the Georgia General Assembly’s passage of partisan legislation to severely curtail voting rights, including provisions limiting vote-by-mail and restricting drop box usage. Both chambers of the Georgia legislature are considering further measures to limit the ability to vote in Georgia.

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Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Remarks (as prepared for delivery):

Thank you Mr/Madame Speaker,

After an election with record-breaking turnout in November, the Georgia General Assembly has recently introduced a number of partisan bills to restrict voter registration and make it more difficult for Georgians to vote.

Similar efforts are being made in states across the country.

H.R. 1 would codify into law provisions to protect voters from these systemic efforts to suppress the vote and I rise in strong support. Every voice must be heard and every vote must be counted.

I would like to highlight my amendment, cosponsored by a number of my Georgia colleagues.

It would directly counter the threats posed by partisan voter suppression efforts across the country, by ensuring that drop boxes are easily accessible to all Americans, no matter where they live.

It would safeguard access to absentee ballots and promote voter registration efforts, rather than trying to limit them.

I urge my colleagues to pass H.R. 1 to protect the sacred right to vote.

H.R. 1 will also end partisan gerrymandering, place people over special interests,  and enable free and fair elections

I resolutely urge my colleagues to support the adoption of H.R. 1 and yield back.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.