Joe Biden pitches ambitious plan to reshape America in first major address to Congress – live

Scott, who has just wrapped up his speech, offered somewhat of a revisionist history of the Trump administration, one with a big blank spot blotting out the horror of the past year.

“This should be a joyful springtime for our nation,” he said. “This Administration inherited a tide that had already turned”

Scott also defended the new voting restrictions in Georgia, saying it will make it easier to vote early in the state.

But that’s at odds with what the law actually does. my colleague, voting rights reporter Sam Levine explains:

It requires voters to submit ID information with both an absentee ballot request and the ballot itself. It limits the use of absentee ballot drop boxes, allows for unlimited challenges to a voter’s qualifications, cuts the runoff election period from nine to four weeks, and significantly shortens the amount of time voters have to request an absentee ballot.

The legislation also empowers the state legislature, currently dominated by Republicans, to appoint a majority of members on the five-person state election board. That provision would strip Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who stood up to Trump after the election, from his current role as chairman of the board. The bill creates a mechanism for the board to strip local election boards of their power.

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