I’d really like to know the elements factually in the Georgia vote overhaul bill signed into law and the proposed Texas voter law that are actually points of “voter suppression.” If one listens to ANY news report from ANY mainstream media television, radio, internet, newspaper, or magazine article on this issue, the allegations of massive voter suppression are the key elements in each.
Let’s start with the Georgia bill signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp on March 31, 2021.
The “Peach State”
Here’s what USA Today had to say about the law signed into effect by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp:
Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill on March 31. Certain provisions will go into effect on July 1:
- Special ballots will be created for nonpartisan elections
- Ballots must be printed in black and white ink on security paper
- A cutoff date of 11 days before a primary, general election, or runoff election for mail-in ballot applications
- A deadline for the issuance of absentee ballots at least 25 days before a federal primary, general election, or special election or 22 days before a municipal general election or primary
- A Georgia state driver’s license number, ID card number, date of birth, and the last four digits of a social security number or another approved form of identification must be printed on the outside of an absentee ballot
- Conditions for rejecting absentee ballots if certain requirements are not met
There certainly are other elements in the law regarding who can give refreshments for voters waiting in line, who can pick up ballots from mail-on voters, etc. But NOWHERE can I find anything even close to voter suppression. Yet, major corporations like Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and even Major League Baseball publicly decried the law as “Jim Crow” and “stealing voting rights from minority members.” Stacey Abrams shamed Major League Baseball into canceling the All-Star Game from being held in Atlanta because of this law. That alone cost the people of Atlanta — most of who are African-American — $100 million in revenue those black business owners would have made during the event.
Here’s the bottom line on the Georgia voting law: It is NOT racist; It does NOT suppress the votes of any voter; in fact, it expands the ability of voters to have even more options of when and how to cast their votes!
Two Texas Proposed Voting Overhaul Bills
Democrats have referred to the pair of bills as “Jim Crow 2.0,” accusing Republicans of trying to suppress the votes of minorities. Here’s a look at what’s inside the bills:
What’s in Senate Bill 1?
- Under Senate Bill 1’s provisions, a ban would be implemented on drive-thru voting or casting a ballot from inside a vehicle unless participating in curbside voting due to a disability. A ban would also be placed on overnight voting, requiring polls to be open a minimum of nine hours from between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Election officials would also be required to install a video surveillance system that records vote-counting activities, with a Livestream made available to the public in counties with 100,000 residents or more. Those in large counties would also be required to install tracking software to monitor “all input and activity” on electronic devices used to count votes. Beginning January 1, 2024, equipment that does not disable or remove any wireless connectivity capability would be prohibited from use in tabulating votes.
- SB 1 would also allow partisan poll watchers to observe election activity inside polling places and vote-counting centers as well as during curbside voting that takes place inside a vehicle. It would also make it a crime to deny access to a poll watcher.
- In addition, voters would be required to include a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number on a vote-by-mail application and the envelope containing their ballot. Individuals who help voters cast their ballot due to language or physical needs must fill out a document listing their name, address, relationship to the voter, and whether they’re being paid by a candidate or political committee. Those who drive three or more people to the polls would also be required to fill out a similar form unless all vehicle occupants are family members.
- The secretary of state will also be required to work with the Department of Public Safety to provide data monthly from the existing statewide computerized voter registration list to be used for verification of citizenship status on voter registration applications.
- Unlike Senate Bill 7, the original voting bill killed by Democrats in the State Legislature’s regular session, SB 1 does not include two controversial provisions. One would have created a process to make it easier to overturn election results based on claims of voter fraud. The other provision banned Sunday morning voting, which was popular among Black churches’ “Souls to the Polls” events during early voting in the 2020 presidential election.
What’s in House Bill 3?
- House Bill 3 includes many of the same provisions as SB 1. In addition, it would make it a crime for public officials to offer or send vote-by-mail applications to those who have not requested one.
- The proposals come as Texas looks to join more than 15 other states where Republicans who control the state government have passed laws tightening voting access rules. The push follows unsubstantiated claims from former President Donald Trump that the 2020 election was “stolen” and “rigged.”
- Besides the election bill, other issues on the legislative docket include bail overhaul, border security, social media censorship, legislative branch funding, family violence prevention, limiting transgender student access to school sports, abortion-inducing drugs, additional payments for retired Texas teachers, critical race theory, and budgetary issues.
Have you heard what President Biden has claimed about not just these pieces of legislation in Georgia and Texas, but the pending legislation in multiple other states as well? He continually rants and raves about the racism, egregious suppression of minority votes, refers back to actual days of slavery, and even calls this a “return to Jim Crowe.”
Here’s the one thing that proves beyond ANY doubt that the Left is petrified of these bills/laws and other pending legislation that will reform states’ election systems: The sole purpose of each of these Republican pieces of legislation is to STOP THE EASY OPPORTUNITIES TO PERPETRATE VOTER FRAUD OF ANY KIND!
President Biden, in his speech to hardcore Democrats in Philadelphia on Tuesday, berated all who would give any consideration whatsoever to either of the two Texas bills and all those who passed and signed into law the Georgia bill:
Let’s be VERY clear: if any parts of any of this legislation actually IS a type of voter suppression or racist actions against minority voters, identify the specifics, confront Republican legislators with the facts, and negotiate changes in those parts. Isn’t that what makes this nation different than any other on Earth? Wasn’t Joe Biden “the” consummate legislator throughout his many years in the U.S. Senate? Wasn’t he the “Great Legislator” who prided himself on his ability to find consensus between differing lawmakers? Why will he and fellow Democrats not do so? And what is driving this obsession to paint pictures of lie after lie, misrepresentation after misrepresentation, and continually deride Republicans for these voter law changes?
“Reasonable people can disagree on anything. But unreasonable people refuse to consider the veracity of opposite opinions.”
President Biden campaigned with a promise to unite Americans. There’s nothing demonstrated on his part in a single piece of legislation he has put forward or supported, any executive action he has taken, any appointment to the Federal Government he has made that evidences any willingness to unite us. In fact, he takes pride in diminishing any and all who disagree with any of his actions and does so with blatant disdain.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think Joe Biden aspires to be a dictator! (Maybe I don’t know better…)
My synopsis of this entire debacle is simple: If anyone dislikes any part of any law designed to eliminate difficulties for all voters to cast their votes “legally” and refuses to address each alleged discretion for the purpose of reaching consensus, the only viable reason I can arrive at is they most certainly want to leave multiple doors open for the manipulation of actual vote casting and vote tabulation and processing.
Here’s YOUR challenge:
If you’re reading this and agree with all the pundits on the Left that any of these pieces of legislation will suppress minority votes or is racist or similar to the “Days of Jim Crowe,” feel free to come on our show today: “TNN Live!” It airs live, streaming from 9-11 AM Central Monday through Friday. We will be visiting this very issue on today’s show and taking phone calls to discuss it. All are welcome. We don’t pick and choose who can speak based on anything — especially not on political perspective. We even pay for the phone call: 1-866-37TRUTH. That’s 1-866-378-7884. It streams via the internet.
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