The one factor extra infuriating than Main League Baseball’s unprecedented determination to punish Georgians over their state’s current election legislation has been the nationwide media’s dedication to mendacity about what the legislation says and does.
For the reason that invoice was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25, we have now heard from media how the invoice would supposedly outlaw offering meals and water to individuals standing in line to vote. As Democratic Strategist James Carville informed eleventh Hour host Brian Williams (with no pushback), ”It will be unlawful to provide someone that’s standing in line to vote. I’ve by no means heard of water being an unlawful substance in america.”
This specific lie has been unfold by the President of america himself (once more with no scrutiny from media). On March 26, President Biden informed media earlier than boarding Marine One:
“It’s an atrocity. The concept — if you would like any indication that it has nothing to do with equity, nothing to do with decency — they handed a legislation saying you may’t present water for individuals standing in line whereas they’re ready to vote. You don’t want the rest to know that that is nothing however punitive design to maintain individuals from voting. You possibly can’t present water for individuals about to vote? Give me a break.”
First, the a part of the legislation in query primarily prohibits third events from electioneering or making an attempt to influence voters inside 150 ft of a polling constructing, inside mentioned constructing, or inside 25 ft of anybody standing in line. This was already on the books—and is frequent observe in lots of states. California, Illinois, and New York all prohibit electioneering inside 100 ft of a polling place, for instance. The brand new legislation in Georgia added a prohibition towards giving ready voters something of worth, together with meals or water inside that space. Now, the legislation does nothing to maintain third events from supplying meals or water to individuals outdoors the proscribed space. Importantly, what the media appears to be universally ignoring—or mendacity about—is the legislation expressly permits ballot staff to offer water to individuals in line. The argument that this provision hinders anybody from voting is pure propaganda.
The Washington Publish has additionally claimed Georgia’s voting legislation is ”probably the most controversial as a result of critics say it’s more likely to disproportionately have an effect on Black voters.” The idea for this declare is the legislation’s requirement that absentee voters should present proof of identification. The outdated legislation solely required that signatures from poll envelopes be subjectively verified. The media propagandists declare it’s more durable for black voters to get IDs, and subsequently it is going to be more durable for them to vote absentee.
Now, 75 percent of Americans help identification necessities for voting, in line with a current Rasmussen Reviews ballot. Different surveys from McLaughlin & Associates have discovered greater than 80 % of voters favor voter ID legal guidelines.
Extensive approval of voter ID legal guidelines apart, the Georgia legislation merely won’t preserve black voters from voting. Any assertion in any other case is a blatant lie. If a voter doesn’t have a driver’s license, she or he can present the quantity to a state-issued voting identification card (that are free in Georgia). Nonetheless, if the voter doesn’t have that, she or he can present the final 4 digits of his or her Social Safety Quantity.
These are solely two of the methods the left-wing media and Democrats are mendacity about Georgia’s new election legislation. I’m going into additional element on Wednesday’s episode of my Newt’s World podcast.
The reality is: Georgia’s new election legislation has expanded alternatives to vote in that state. The legislation standardized using safe voting drop packing containers (they had been solely allowed in emergencies underneath prior legislation). It expanded early voting (each in days and hours)—together with obligatory weekend voting for individuals who work weekday hours (opposite to the lies President Biden has been repeating).
Merely put: Georgia’s new election legislation has made it simpler to vote—however more durable to cheat. That reality explains why Democrats hate it a lot.
Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served as Home speaker from 1995 to 1999 and ran as a presidential candidate in 2012.
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