Sen. Warnock reacts to arrest of Georgia lawmaker, new election law

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Sen. Raphael Warnock sees “major problems” with a sweeping elections bill passed by the Georgia legislature Thursday.

“SB 202 will allow for a hostile takeover of local boards of elections if the Georgia legislature filled with politicians doesn’t like the outcome of an election,” the Savannah native told reporters in Marrietta Friday. “It’s anti-democratic, it’s un-American. They’re trying to make it harder for people to vote, rather than making it easier to vote.”

He and other Democrats say the new elections law amounts to voter suppression, including State Rep. Park Cannon. She was arrested Thursday after knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp’s door, interrupting his signing of the new election bill.

Watch Sen. Raphael Warnock’s full Friday press conference:

Video of the arrest showed Cannon struggling with state troopers.

“I saw a state representative knocking on the door of the governor and she was arrested,” said Warnock. “Meanwhile we saw a violent insurrectionist attack on the United States Capitol. And police officers died in that case. And, I want to know what makes her actions so dangerous?”

Cannon was released from jail after being charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting general assembly sessions.

“What the state legislature did yesterday is to try to arrest the voices and the votes of the people,” Warnock said. “It will not stand.”

Watch the video of State Rep. Park Cannon’s arrest at the State Capitol (courtesy of Tamara Stevens):

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