US opinion divided over changes to election law

Public opinion in the United States is split over the revisions to a voting law in the southern state of Georgia.

Georgia revised its voting system on March 25. The move was led by Republicans. The new rules include stricter identification requirements for early voters.

Officials in President Joe Biden's administration and some Democratic politicians say the revisions are intended to prevent Black people and other minorities from voting in elections. Comparatively smaller numbers of those people have driver's licenses or other government-issued ID cards.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that "the Georgia legislation is built on a lie." She stressed that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

Georgia-based companies, including Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, have issued statements clearly voicing their opposition to the legislation. They have pledged to take action to protect people's voting rights.

Georgia is a traditional Republican party stronghold. But former President Donald Trump lost the state by a narrow margin during the presidential race last November. Republican candidates in Georgia also lost in two runoff elections for the Senate in January.

Republicans argue that there was a problem with the early voting system. More people voted early amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A survey by a private organization shows that initiatives are underway in 47 US states to tighten identification requirements for voters.

Trump criticized Coca-Cola and Delta in a statement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said corporations "will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack" his country.