Mississippi GOP senator says it’s wrong to vote on Sunday for religious reasons

Source: The Hill

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) on Wednesday said she believed it’s wrong to hold voting events on Sunday due to religious reasons.

As The Washington Post reports, Hyde-Smith made the remarks in response to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who criticized state governments that have pushed legislation that would limit voting on Sundays.

“Why did the Georgia legislature only pick Sundays to say there should be no early voting on Sunday?” Schumer said on Wednesday. “We know why. It’s because that’s the day African Americans vote in the ‘Souls to the Poll’ operation where they go from church to vote. It’s despicable.”

A series of new bills advanced in the Georgia state legislature by GOP lawmakers in early March would limit voter access by ending no-excuse absentee voting and automatic voter registration, limit early voting on weekends and shorten the time voters have to request absentee ballots. Voting activists have criticized the bill as racist as Black churches have a history of using Sundays to encourage voters to cast their ballots.

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