The Guardian Breakdown: Is the GA Voter Bill Voter Suppression or Voting Security?

Just when I thought I would not be able to breakdown an article from The Guardian, this pops up in their live coverage of the Dereck Chauvin trial, which will be covered in the Crime Blotter.
I decided to take this on with my usual gusto and searched for the actual bill. I fully understand voter suppression and voter ID are two hot and controversial topics, but I felt clarifications were in order, since the spinning in this little blurb had me shaking me head.

Voter Suppression or Voting Security?

I highlighted two things in the excerpt above. Let’s go over the first one.

“…being arrested as she knocked on the door…”

Her being arrested was due to the fact the bill was already being signed, and she was constantly knocking on the door demanding entry. She was asking to stop repeatedly by police, and she persisted. She was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting a session of the Georgia General Assembly. So, no, she wasn’t arrested for just knocking on a door.

“…voter suppression legislation…”

This is the second highlighted excerpt. Let’s take a look at the points in the law that are being blown out of proportion.

No food or water

Some would think this is inhumane, criminal in some respects, but they overlook the historical basis from whence this provision comes. Since Washington, politicians have been using money, food, and drink to sway voters to their side. Washington himself was not innocent as he tried to bride people with booze to get into the House of Burgesses.
Klobuchar was seen handing out plates of her “hot dish” recipe to potential voters.
So, putting this provision in the bill is just an official provision to prevent swaying voters in line to vote. After all, if you know you’re going to be standing in line, should you not bring your own refreshments?

Drop Boxes

Before COVID, there were no provisions for drop boxes. This was a temporary emergency option due to the pandemic. It was not intended to be a permanent way for anyone to vote.

Because of this the amending to include a chain of command when emergency provisions came into fruition.

They went on to amend the requirements of an official absentee ballot to prevent prefilled ballots and ballot harvesting.

Absentee/provisional voting

It’s no secret that even hinting at voter ID sparks people complaining about suppression, but when you look at Section 25 closely, you will see that they allow 11 days for the ballot to be received prior to the election deadline.

What are the requirements?

Here is the main point that everyone keeps arguing about and the MSM, including this one, obscures, spins, and quite frankly twists to upset the public.

Illness and disability
Proof of person/residence

What is subs section c of Georgia Code Title 21. Elections § 21-2-417

As you can clearly see, there are SEVERAL ways you are allowed to prove who you are and where you live. There is no evidence of suppression. There is evidence of allowing anyone to vote who is 18, can prove who they are, how old they are, and where they live. That’s it. It even allows for people to request a ballot for those who cannot physically request one themselves.

Sources (click on any of the below will open a new window):

Kemp Signs 98-Page Omnibus Elections Bill
The Bill itself
The person who helped me find the bill
Georgia lawmaker is arrested and removed from Capitol after protesting new voting restrictions
Politicians have a long history of using food to get people to vote for them — and this year’s election is no exception
Georgia Code Title 21. Elections § 21-2-417
The original excerpt

Until next time,
Anissa “Maddy” Walker

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