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The Jolt: Vice President Harris says Georgia election law is clear voter


“It is not only a tragic attempt to manipulate a system for political gain, but in the process it has the potential to undermine the very integrity of our democracy,” said Harris in the interview. “And it is clearly motivated by an election that was a shining example of what expanded access can do to enhance a democracy.”

We’ll let Gabriel Sterling, a top deputy of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, serve as the counterpoint. In a Washington Post op-ed, Sterling said he worries that the rhetoric from Biden around the new law could turn dangerous.

The president has also repeated the lie that “this is Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Democrats have clearly realized this is a potential fundraising tactic regardless of the impact on voter confidence. It is no small wonder how a law, which election experts agree expands voting access to all Georgians, could be compared to the vast historical effort to disenfranchise and oppress Black Americans.

While this isn’t necessarily how Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, or I, would have written this law, it is not what President Biden claims. We saw just three months ago how election disinformation such as this can lead to violence. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.

Note from us: Most voting rights advocates and election law experts say the provision ensuring early in-person voting on weekends can be interpreted as an expansion of voting access. Not so much for many of the law’s other changes, which they say create or increase barriers to casting ballots.

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The conservative Heritage Action for America political committee is spending $1 million on ads running in Georgia to praise the new election law and amplify the GOP message that President Joe Biden is lying about its provisions.

The spots will run CNBC cable channel and local broadcast networks in the Atlanta area. A small portion was also set aside for digital ads.

“To provide a pressure-free voting experience, special interest groups are kicked out of polling places, and counties can still provide water for people waiting in line,” the ad says. “That’s the truth: read it yourself, and don’t fall for the lies by those who want to divide us.”

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One of the more controversial aspects of Senate Bill 202, the state’s new election law, was the limit of the use of ballot drop boxes.

Although the law requires each county to use them for the first time, it also mandates that they be inside polling stations, available only during voting hours, and limited to one for every 100,000 residents in each county.

Writing in the Savannah Morning News, the president of the League of Women Voters of Chatham County gives one of the few glimpses into how widely they were used in the area in the last elections.

The group raised money in 2020 to purchase nine drop boxes for the county. They will now be limited to two.

“The state Board of Elections set strict guidelines that make them secure, more so than mailing a ballot via the U.S. Postal Service. They must be bolted to the ground on city or county property, must have 24-hour video surveillance with 30 days of backup, must be emptied every 24 hours by two people, one of whom is a county elections employee; ballots go in a secure locked bag similar to the ones used by armored bank trucks.

“In Chatham, one of the only counties to track usage, 24,000 came via a drop box in the general election and almost 21,000 in the January runoff, according to the Board of Registrars. There were zero accusations of fraud regarding the boxes and zero proven fraudulent actions regarding either election in general.”

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The U.S. House Transportation Committee held a hearing on Wednesday where members discussed what they hope is include President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package.

We took note…



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