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Georgia Senate passes bill limiting absentee voting

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Monday could be a difference maker in election laws for years to come as the Georgia State Senate narrowly passed a Republican-backed bill that would end no-excuse absentee voting. The bill passed 29-20 on Monday, as Republicans moved to roll back voting access.

Under Senate Bill 241, it would limit absentee voting to people 65 and older, those with a physical disability and people who will be out of town on Election Day. It would also require an ID for those who are able to vote absentee, among many other changes. 

The bill already passed in the House of Representatives March 1, but the fight is far from over as the bill is likely headed to a Senate-House conference committee where the chambers will debate their differences on the issue.

The Eatonton Messenger will have continuing coverage on this issue on this website and in our print edition next week.