Georgia GOP launches 'devastating' attack on Black voter drives
A woman wears a mask with a message urging voter participation while she waits in line to enter a polling place on the first day of the state's in-person early voting for the general election in Durham, North Carolina, US on October 15, 2020. © REUTERS/Jonathan Drake/File Photo

Republicans in the state of Georgia are launching what voting rights advocates are calling a direct attack on the "souls to the polls" voter drives regularly used by Black churches in the state.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that new legislation proposed by Georgia Republicans would ban early voting on Sundays, which would effectively end Black Churches' voter drives.

A coalition of voting rights advocates decried the measure and said it would have a "devastating" impact on voting rights in Georgia.

In addition to banning Sunday voting, the bill would also make it illegal to hand out food and drinks to voters stuck in long polling place lines and would mandate that "absentee ballot drop boxes could only be located inside in-person early voting sites during working hours."

The bill also makes absentee voting more onerous by requiring a driver's license number, state ID number or copy of photo ID when requesting an absentee ballot.

Sara Tindall Ghazal, a Democratic voting rights advocate, said that the bill as a whole is a "horror show" for voting rights and said that efforts by the Georgia GOP to jam it through were "absolutely shameless."