Straighten the record of Georgia’s new voter access law
The most incredible thing about what happened in Georgia last week is the speed at which liberal politicians and their allies have moved from condemning disinformation in the election to spreading it from the bottom of their hearts. If we were not so accustomed to hypocrisy, it might have given us whiplash. A good example is Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock. In a funding email sent shortly after Georgia’s new voter access law, SB202, was passed, he said Georgia’s Republicans “finished no excuses for mail voting” and “early limits.” Vote over the weekend, accusing you of making a “massive and not embarrassing attack on your voting rights.” I understand that Senator Warnock is a new member, but he must at least read the bill in question before throwing out a completely false allegation. SB 202 expands Georgia’s early voting by leaving the absentee ballot without excuses and mandating additional weekend voting dates in all Georgia counties. It also continues to vote on Sunday in the counties that want it. President Biden argued that SB 202’s new photo ID number requirement for absentee ballot “virtually denies the right to vote for countless voters.” He should tell it to the majority of Georgian voters, Georgian Democrats, and black Georgian voters who supported common sense efforts. Surveys show that voter ID law does not reduce turnout. Georgia’s turnout and turnout have been repeatedly recorded since the introduction of photo IDs for face-to-face voting. Biden also insisted in his statement that the new law “ends voting time early.” Even the left-wing Washington Post agreed that it wasn’t true, claiming four Pinocchios and saying “there is no evidence of fact.” In reality, Georgia continues to be a national leader in access to polls. Georgia has the most successful automatic voter registration program in the country. Automatically registering voters through the Georgia Driver Services Department, which confirms citizenship prior to registration, makes it easier for voters to vote and ensures that election managers have accurate and up-to-date information. .. In particular, President Biden’s hometown of Delaware does not offer this to voters. Stacey Abrams is pushing just 15 days of early voting, less than the 16 days Georgia has provided voters for years. SB 202 is built on top of it and requires a minimum of 17 days of early voting, including two Saturdays. In contrast, Abrams recently praised New Jersey for a nine-day early vote. If more access is better, 9 days is commendable, but 17 days is restraining? Same as President Biden. Early voting is not offered in his home state of Delaware. Georgia voters can request an absentee ballot without explanation, but President Biden’s hometown of Delaware still needs an excuse. President Biden, Senator Warnock, and other critics of Georgia’s new law are more interested in whipping anger between their bases than talking about actual policies. They look at the facts and see that SB202 has made some common-sense adjustments after the elections highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The law shifts Georgia from the subjective signature match ID verification process for absentee ballots to photo IDs, free voter IDs, or objective ID numbers from other documents. Last year I introduced this concept on the absentee ballot portal and won bipartisan praise. Such close elections reduce the pressure of local election authorities by moving to objective standards. It is also convenient for voters. Over 97% of Georgia voters have a driver’s license number associated with their voter registration record. In order for voters to be in time to actually cast an absentee ballot, SB 202 will receive an absentee ballot application, set a reasonable time limit for sending absentee ballots, and set Georgia in other states. Get closer to the timeline. The significant increase in absentee ballots last year emphasized Georgia’s electoral system. More than 500,000 people requested absentee ballots, but they appeared directly anyway. This slowed down face-to-face voting and increased the likelihood of double voting. SB 202 is taking steps to reduce voting lines. If a voter has to wait an hour or more on an election day, and too many voters are assigned to that constituency, the relevant county will need to add voting equipment or split the constituency. The bill directs voters to vote in their assigned constituencies and eliminates extra steps to deal with inaccurate voters leading to long lines. The bill also takes steps to minimize voter confusion that compromises the integrity of elections. SB 202 requires that third-party groups clearly identify who is participating in the absentee ballot application that they send to voters. My office received countless calls from individuals who thought the absentee ballot had been sent several times as a third-party organization continued to submit request forms. SB 202 systematizes the early processing of absentee ballots, enabling rapid posting of results and increased transparency. It also requires the county to publish the total number of absentee votes received during the election shortly after the vote is over, to avoid the perception that the vote came after the deadline. SB 202 makes it clear that distributing food and drink within 150 feet of the polling place is considered an election campaign and is not permitted. Polling stations should be a place where voters can vote with confidence and peace of mind, free from pressure and influence. Perhaps, of course, there is little controversy over the same New York rule that the Georgian Parliament modeled its own provisions. If the resentful group is really interested in ensuring that the water is delivered to the waiting voters, they are happy to hand over and distribute the water to the voting manager, as permitted by SB 202. Don’t worry about it. 150 feet from the voting line and from the precincts, letting voters come to them. The bill also includes more practical steps to help facilitate election management. The county can now hire voting workers from neighboring counties as needed and if the neighboring counties have sufficient staff. Political parties also need to train pollsters on relevant laws and regulations. If these sound like common sense solutions, that’s why. SB 202 will increase confidence in the electoral system, reduce the burden on local election authorities, and increase access to voting. If the bill seems different from the way described in the media, it’s because critics are angry and misrepresenting it to raise money from their foundation. After the 2020 election, we should all agree that disinformation about the election is wrong. Instead, the liberal wrath machine is running at full power on the SB 202, raising more money than it really is. But I know better than most people that truth is important in elections. I know President Biden, Senator Warnock, and Stacy Abrams are more interested in money and partisan anger, but I keep telling the truth about the electoral system.