Johnson (2021) authored an article “Georgia’s Black churches are horrified by Republican voter suppression – and ready to fight” published in the Guardian explaining the voter suppression moves by the Republicans. The report indicated the fury with which the Black Churches responded to the new ideals pushed by the Republican on voters. According to the state officials, the electoral laws stated several restrictions such as a mandatory voter ID before voting, regulation on giving water to people on voting lines, and, passing such laws in Georgia pushed Black faith leaders to call for an increased boycott of various corporations to protest the new rules (Johnson, 2021). Different attorneys and leaders across Georgia backed up these calls and provided their reasons. Companies such as Delta responded to the allegations by mentioning the little impact it will have on elections.
The electoral reforms that various states look towards having should not infringe against human rights. Bodies holding elections should look into the details of electoral fraud and find proper mechanisms for handling the issues. Stopping people from getting water after queueing for long is not an appropriate way of preventing electoral fraud but a punishment for voting. A better way of handling fraud is to concentrate on the issues identified after examining the process, then highlighting the changes needed before working on the solutions. Some solutions could be on the electoral body and not on the voters. On the calls for boycotts, I think it does not add value to the electoral process or change any of its operations. The central issue in protest is the electoral process, which cannot be solved by calling people to sabotage businesses. Black church leaders needed to engage with the electoral bodies to respond to the issues highlighted and not piling pressure on independent companies that do not hold elections.
Johnson, C. N. (2021). Georgia’s Black churches are horrified by Republican voter suppression – and ready to fight. The Guardian. Web.