KEMP: We’ve vaccinated 75% of our seniors. Our first responders, well being care heroes, and most of our lecturers have now been vaccinated. We lowered the age [of eligibility] a number of days in the past to 55 and now we’re opening it as much as everyone.
We’re coping with the state of affairs we have now in Georgia, each state is totally different in quite a lot of methods. We’re seeing great calls for within the metro Atlanta space. Fortunately the federal authorities has elevated the vaccine provide that we’re getting. We have been forty ninth out of fifty per capita for the variety of vaccines we have been getting, which was actually holding us again. Although we had nice demand within the metro space, in elements of rural Georgia we began seeing the demand drop, we began seeing the variety of appointments individuals may get go up, subsequently we felt like we have to open it up additional, give everyone eligibility. Let’s preserve getting pictures in arms.
Kemp additionally mentioned the state’s Republican-sponsored election reform invoice, which was handed by the legislature Thursday regardless of outcry from liberal activists.
What this invoice truly does is combat the rhetoric from these which can be fund-raising off of this subject and polarizing it, to take away from the unconstitutional energy seize of H.R. 1 that’s happening in Washington D.C. proper now. It additional secures our absentee ballots by mail by requiring a picture I.D., which the overwhelming majority of Georgians help. It’s also including days of early voting on the weekends. We’re increasing the best to vote in Georgia. You’re not listening to that from the different facet. That’s what the reality is, as properly as additional securing absentee poll packing containers, which didn’t exist earlier than.
It’s utterly opposite to what they’re making an attempt to do in D.C. by removing the state’s picture I.D. requirement, by removing it being unlawful to reap ballots in Georgia [and] making that necessary on the federal degree. I fought very laborious for over a decade to maintain our voter rolls safe. You wouldn’t be capable to do this with H.R. 1. So I believe the individuals actually want to take a look at who’s making an attempt to limit issues. It is the Democrats in Washington, not Republicans that proceed to make it straightforward to vote and laborious to cheat.