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The Midnight Toker

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Interesting facts from the new GA voting laws. Make your own conjectures.

Some snippets written by Max Boot:

"In the core of metropolitan Atlanta, the number of drop boxes for absentee ballots will be reduced from 94 to no more than 23. The amount of time to request an absentee ballot before an election will be cut from 180 days to 78. Provisional ballots cast by voters who mistakenly go to the wrong polling place may no longer be counted. Election officials will be banned from sending absentee ballots to all voters. Mobile voting centers will essentially be discontinued. New ID requirements will be instituted. Outside groups will be prohibited from offering food or water to voters waiting in long lines even on hot and humid days. (Long lines are one of the leading reasons cited for not voting.)

Some of the act’s most worrisome provisions give the Republican-controlled legislature more control over disputed results. The legislature can now suspend county election officials. Replacements will be named by the State Election Board — whose chair will now be appointed by the legislature. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had previously chaired the board. But he angered Trump by resisting entreaties to overturn the election results, so now the secretary of state has been booted off the election board altogether."

"President Biden may have exaggerated in describing this as “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” It’s not as egregious as restrictions on voting during the segregation era (but that’s not saying much). He was definitely wrong to claim that the law ends voting at 5 p.m.; polls will still be open until 7 p.m. And it’s true, as Kemp argues, that some blue states have restrictive voting laws of their own. Georgia, for example, offers a minimum of 17 days of early voting compared with nine in New York.

But New York isn’t moving to restrict voting. Georgia is. Why is that? Republicans can’t answer that basic question with a straight face because an honest response would expose their authoritarianism and racism."

Posted: 04/06/2021 at 1:51PM


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  One other point - and very significant -- cswilliam 04/06/2021 7:15PM
  Drop boxes eliminate the need to stand in lines -- Wishbone 04/07/2021 08:06AM
  When I read your post - just why -- cswilliam 04/07/2021 01:29AM
  He's just emulating his hero -- 84Buff 04/07/2021 08:31AM
  Jim Crow adjacent.... ** -- Ralphie Bruber 04/06/2021 8:17PM
  That's opinion, not fact ** -- 84Buff 04/06/2021 1:57PM
  ‘Facts’....nothing but a bias version of the facts....SMH -- Banned-for-life 04/06/2021 7:59PM
  Commentary -- 84Buff 04/06/2021 4:21PM