Today, over 110 physicians from across the country sent a letter to the office of Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp strongly opposing the state’s recent voter suppression law, S.B. 202.
Voter suppression is a public health concern. Voting impacts our ability to live in safe, healthy communities and take control of bodily autonomy. Adding ID requirements, reducing access to ballot drop boxes, and criminalizing the provision of food and water to voters standing in long lines is a direct attempt to disenfranchise voters, primarily Black, Latinx, Indigenous people, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other people of color.
Voting is an essential tool in leading healthy lives and creating healthy communities. Laws like S.B. 202 are in direct opposition to supporting the health and wellbeing of our patients and communities.