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Ossoff and Warnock Introduce Bill To Protect Volunteers Handing Out Water To Voters

Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., speaks at a joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, in February. Ossoff joined "Morning Edition" host Lisa Rayam to talk about a bill he introduced to protect volunteers passing out water to voters in line.
Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., speaks at a joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, in February. Ossoff joined "Morning Edition" host Lisa Rayam to talk about a bill he introduced to protect volunteers passing out water to voters in line.
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Georgia’s two Democratic U.S. Senators introduced the Voters’ Access To Water Act Monday in response to Gov. Brian Kemp signing Republican-backed voting legislation earlier this year, including a measure that criminalizes the act of “line-warming,” or passing out snacks and drinks to voters in line.

Sen. Ossoff said that this bill would ensure that non-partisan volunteers can hand out water to voters — who sometimes have to wait hours in line — without fear of criminal prosecution.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.