Signed into law by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp late last month, new legislative reforms in the state of Georgia strengthen the voting process in the Peach State, allowing more flexibility for Georgia’s voters and enhancing the integrity of election results—yet heated controversy continues to swirl, as many on the left have taken to mischaracterizing the law as “voter suppression” or worse.
Now Major League Baseball, responding to the liberal outrage, has decided to yank its All-Star Game out of Atlanta this summer in protest of the law—as President Joe Biden somehow chose to call the law “Jim Crow on steroids” and actually praised “today’s professional athletes” for “acting incredibly responsibly.”
Former President Donald J. Trump, meanwhile, late on Friday called for a boycott of baseball—as well as all of the “woke companies that are interfering with free and fair elections.”
The heated issue has even driven former political allies apart, as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said that she supports the boycotts in Georgia—something that Stacey Abrams, liberal activist and failed gubernatorial candidate in 2018 in Georgia, is furiously trying to maintain are “complicated” and not “necessary,” as a piece in The New York Post on Monday noted.
In an article that breaks down the new Georgia law and explains it piece by piece, The Washington Examiner made this observation: “Democrats in Washington have used the specter of the [Georgia election] law to push a sweeping federal bill aimed at overhauling all elections. They have even threatened to weaken or end the filibuster in order to pass the bill, known as H.R. 1, to fight what they have characterized as racism in the way states like Georgia want to conduct their elections.”
For example, the new law does not cap voting hours for Georgians at 5 p.m., as Biden falsely alleged last week.
The new law, in fact, sets 5 p.m. as the earliest a polling place can close—and gives polling sites the discretion to remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during early voting. That “could extend the amount of time people in some counties” actually have to vote, as the Examiner noted.
And the notion that voters waiting in line somehow cannot receive food or water while they wait? Not true at all. The law says that partisan campaign officials cannot dole out products to voters—which makes sense. But the polling sites themselves can offer refreshments to voters. So no one is going without food or water while they wait to vote (and let’s face it, most Americans are smart enough to bring their own water if they need it).
In addition, every county is now required to offer Saturday voting—and is given the option to allow Sunday voting as well.
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—By CNJ Staff