Georgia Democrat Arrested After Protesting Election Reform Bill


A Georgia Democrat was arrested Thursday after she took part in a protest against Gov. Brian Kemp’s signing of a sweeping election reform bill.

State Rep. Park Cannon was handcuffed and escorted out of the state Capitol after law enforcement said she repeatedly banged on the door of a room where the governor was holding a press conference, the Georgia Department of Public Safety told the Washington Examiner.

The representative “was advised” to halt the activity on two occasions, but she “refused to stop knocking,” troopers said.

Cannon was part of a demonstration that opposed an election bill, which passed 34-20 in the state Senate and 100-75 in the state House, that imposed voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, gave state officials authority to take over local elections boards, limited the use of ballot drop boxes, and made it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water. Kemp signed the legislation Thursday.