We discussed the false statement made by President Joe Biden concerning the Georgia election law, which Biden has known as”Jim Crow on steroids.” Biden falsely asserts that the law closes polling places earlier, a claim that even the Washington Post appeared as untrue. Biden hasn’t just repeated his earlier false claim but added a fresh one in encouraging a boycott of the country of Georgia by Major League Baseball. It is a common false claim made of denying water below the law to people standing in line to vote. What’s astonishing is that the press itself has fueled this bogus narrative and it is being used as a crucial claim in the state.
“I believe today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that. Folks seem to them, they are leaders. Look at what’s happened with the NBA as well. Look at what’s happened across the board. The men and women who’ve been victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports and it is just not perfect. Imagine passing a law saying you cannot offer water or food for someone standing in line to vote, can’t do that? C’mon! Or you are likely to shut a polling place in 5 o’clock when functioning people only get off? This is all about keeping working people and ordinary people that I grew up from being able to vote.”
Really, it is hard to”imagine” because it is not true and the White House understands that it is not correct. If a president will accuse a state of passing a Jim Crow law (let alone behind a boycott), then there’s an expectation of a modicum of accuracy and equity. It also degrades not only the movement for voting rights however also the Office of the Presidency itself.
I won’t repeat the clearly false claim regarding closing polling places early. Since the Washington Post mentioned (and replicated following this latest interview),”the net effect [of this Georgia legislation ] will be… to expand the chances to vote for many Georgians, not limit them.” The usage of this supply to indicate a reduction in voting hours was a knowing misrepresentation by people seeking to warrant the federalization of elections legislation in Congress. Regardless of being called out on the untrue statement, President Biden continues to repeat it.
The water claim is just as false and untrue. The law does not prevent individuals from providing water to those standing based on The law allows”self-service water in the unattended receptacle” for Republicans waiting online. It also allows anybody to give water or food to any voters outside of limited region around the polling place.
It is not uncommon to bar any political campaigning or actions within a certain number of feet (often 150 feet — or even a shorter distance from any point extending beyond the region ).
Here’s the supply:
“(a) No person shall solicit votes in any way or by any other means or procedure, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor will any person offer, offer to give, or Take Part in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not Limited to, food and beverage, to an elector, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any request, nor will any person, other than election officials releasing their responsibilities, establish or set up any tables or booths on daily where ballots are being cast
(1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is
(2) In any polling area; or
(3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote in any polling place.”
The bill subsequently allows for”self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.” It also does not limit any survey employees from providing water to Republicans.
Georgia officials said that the impetus behind the rule was that various political associations in 2019 circumvented the no politicking principle by handing out water and food with real food trucks set up for this objective. The rule is designed to shut that loophole. If others or campaigns are really concerned with only getting water to voters, then they could still do this. They simply cannot take credit for this directly engage voters in the limited region near polling areas.
Much Politifact (that been criticized by conservatives for prejudice ) recognized that the water could be given to voters while finding that it is false that just political associations are barred. Politifact also admits that water could be provided within the protected region of the polling place.
None of that has stopped the reckless rhetoric. Vanderbilt University Professor Michael Eric Dyson joined MSNBC’s sponsor Joy Reid in pushing this false narrative in pushing for its federalization of election legislation and additional”All these are the type of individuals that would pass a law to keep Jesus from acquiring a cup of plain water while he’s dying on the cross.” In fact, if Jesus was voting from the cross, he’d have considerable water availability under the law though it would appear a stronger case for absentee voting under Georgia law.
So why would there be such outrage in the event the interest is just the comfort of Republicans? As long as you do not seek to possess direct campaign connections with voters in polling places, it is possible to provide as much water as you want either just before the protected area or via apolitical open receptacles.
The level of misrepresentation of those provisions from the media has been chilling. The narrative has defeated the information about the factual basis of these claims.
This column was updated.
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