Georgia election integrity law met with bogus claims of 'voter suppress' by the left

 Kerry Picket:

Republicans lauded Georgia's new voting law, but Democrats are already organizing to crush it in court while working to ensure the GOP effort backfires in the 2022 elections.

Democratic litigation attorneys from Perkins Coie, known for successfully representing then-candidate Joe Biden and other Democrats in court during the 2020 presidential election cycle, filed a lawsuit against the legislation on behalf of three Democratic activist organizations. They claim the law’s measures amount to voter suppression and violate the 14th Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Rick Hasen, a chancellor's professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, says it is too early to tell whether Democrats or Republicans will benefit from the new legislation.

“It is hard to say whether the law will have a partisan effect on turnout because it is possible the law will hurt some Republican voters and the backlash against the law could spur Democratic turnout. But even if it has no partisan effect, it is still objectionable when the government makes it harder for people to register or vote without a sound basis. And it does not appear these laws will prevent an appreciable amount of fraud or help with voter confidence,” Hasen told the Washington Examiner in an email.


“And the part of the laws that seem most objectionable are the ones that give political actors a greater say in how elections are conducted and votes counted. That’s the real sleeper issue,” he added.

The 96-page election reform law, signed by Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, requires photo identification for any voter casting an absentee ballot by mail. Previously, voters were only required to sign an application for matching purposes. It also shortens the amount of time available for ballots to be requested.

The new law also lessens the period for runoffs in the state and removes the secretary of state from the state election board, a punch to the gut to the Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was repeatedly at odds with his own party during the contentious 2020 presidential election cycle and recount in the state.

Additionally, while the law mandates two days of Saturday early voting, it also offers the option of two Sundays for residents to cast their ballots, an expansion of in-person weekend voting, as opposed to ending Sunday voting entirely.

One measure that Democrats zeroed in on was the prohibition of offering food and water to voters waiting in line. Republicans say the measure is intended to prevent electioneering from occurring, and poll workers were not banned from “making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.”

However, Democrats slammed the provision, saying long lines often happen in majority-black districts, and food and water are often distributed while people wait to go vote.


I think we are seeing bad faith claims by the left again.  The longer weekend voting period should also reduce the lines of voters.  Another thing the state could do to reduce lines is create more precincts.  The description of this law as a return to Jim Crow is ludicrous.  It is a bad faith argument by Biden and the Democrats.  Democrats just want to make it easier to commit vote fraud.


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