Can we please shut up with the bull****?
And while we're at it, let's boycott Delta, Coca-Cola and MLB, all three of which have now made clear they support and want fraud.
The GA law, on the facts, does the following:
- Makes clear that bribing people at the polling place is illegal. Duh. That's been true forever. And it has been ignored in Georgia and other states for a long time. "Walking around money", remember? The so-called "water ban" is no such thing; within 150' of a polling place (the same limit for electioneering of all other sorts, I remind you) water sources can be provided only by official non-partisan organizations and must be unmanned. It has always been illegal to provide something of value in exchange for a vote. If I can hand out a bottle of water why can't I hand out a cheeseburger? The "within 25' of the line" constraint is beyond stupid to complain about; after you're 150' from the polling place if you want to set up a table with electioneering materials including food wrapped in your candidate's banner that's perfectly legal so long as it's more than 25' from the line of voters. If a voter wishes to come over to said table, truck or other place and obtain that material from you that is and remains legal. What's not legal is to walk the line of voters handing out bribes, and yes, food and water can indeed be a bribe. It has value.
- EXPANDS early voting hours. Not restricts, expands on a voluntary (not mandatory) basis. As in makes more-accessible. Further, it contains no provision allowing the shortening of said hours, neither on election day or in early voting.
- REQUIRES either a driver license or a free state-issued ID number on an absentee voter application. This is good, not bad, and further stops the scam of claiming to live where you do not. Of which many people do. That's a felony, by the way, but is almost never enforced. Now it gets harder to scam. This is a good thing, not a bad thing. For those who think demanding an ID is a problem did you buy alcohol at some point, open a bank account, cash a check, buy a gun or get on a plane? I remind you that there is no right to vote but there is a right to keep and bear arms. Yes, you cannot be denied the right to vote on the basis of race or sex but you sure can be denied it on, as an example, the lack of real property ownership. That we don't do that doesn't change that a state can do it and yet what we have here is simply the extension of an anti-fraud provision in that you must prove you actually live in the state and district where you are voting in order to request an absentee ballot. I remind you that in GA you must already present said ID to vote in person as is the case in both Florida and Tennessee, among others. The argument that this amounts to a "poll tax" is bull**** since the State will issue a free credential that is sufficient upon request, provided of course you can prove you're an American citizen.
- ADDS drop boxes for absentee ballots and secures them. Once again the net effect is to expand access for those who do not want to trust their ballots to the mail. Requiring such drop locations to be secure is a good thing for anyone other than those who intend to pull a McMinn Tennessee game and either stuff the ballot box or steal the ballots.
- Returns control of state and federal elections to the legislature and State Officials if, in their determination, local officials are corrupt, inept or incapable. How is that bad? Most county officials probably run a perfectly legitimate election. But do they all? Maybe, maybe not. Now there's a way to pull control back from them to the place where the Constitution says it rests if there's a problem.
- Requires that once counting starts it must complete without interruption. Again, how is that bad. They didn't go far enough; to be secure the process must be sterile until the count is complete and released. What do I mean by "sterile"? No results get out of the room, no matter by what means, until they're final. This prevents knowing how many ballots you must "find" to change an outcome. It is a basic security measure that any honest election should follow. GA's new law helps, but does not go far enough. Nonetheless improvement is improvement.
Show me just one provision that is in any way harmful to the franchise and honest elections.
I challenge you to do so.
Until and unless you can any corporation or other pressure group that is screaming about this law should be completely destroyed to the point of living under a freeway overpass in their underwear including every single family member of every director, officer and employee.