State Senate panel backs bill to end automatic voter registration in Georgia
Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents audit absentee ballot signatures in December 2020 at the Cobb County Civic Center. - Steve Schaefer/TNS

ATLANTA — A Senate committee passed voting restrictions Friday that would end automatic voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting in Georgia. The Senate Ethics Committee voted mostly along party lines to advance the bills, which could reach the full Senate next week. The voting limitations advanced Friday are the latest in a series of bills pushed by Republican legislators after record turnout led to Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Republican Donald Trump. Other legislation advancing in the General Assembly would add voter ID requirements for absentee voting, restrict ballot drop boxe...