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Democratic Georgia lawmaker arrested in protest of Kemp signing voting bill

"She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest," police say.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
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Updated: March 26, 2021 - 10:19am

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A Democratic Georgia state lawmaker was arrested and charged for protesting the signing of a controversial voting bill by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Georgia Democratic Rep. Park Cannon was arrested by state troopers Thursday night after she repeatedly knocked on the door as Kemp signed the bill into law. She was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and "preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings of members," according to reporting by The Hill.

LT. W. Mark Riley told the Hill that Rep. Cannon began banging on the governor's door as he signed the bill into law on a Livestream.

"Rep. Cannon continued to knock on the door and was instructed again to stop knocking on the door," Riley said. "She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest."

According to the police officer, she stepped back once before continuing to bang on the door. She was advised once more to stop, and when she did not she was placed under arrest.

A video on Twitter shows some of the interactions between Cannon and police officers before she was taken into custody.

The arrest comes almost three months after the Jan. 6 breach at the U.S. Capitol, where hundreds of protesters broke in and attempted to stop the counting of electoral votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The bill in question aims to tighten voting security rules by, for example, limiting the use of ballot drop boxes and absentee ballots and requiring more comprehensive voter ID, according to The Hill.

Cannon, 24, is Georgia's youngest lawmaker, according to CNN,

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