Last week, MLB announced it would withdraw its Georgia All-Star Game in response to the state’s restrictive new voting law and move it to a much more voter-friendly Colorado.
The bill was passed by Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature and promulgated by Gov. Brian Kemp (right) late last month. Now the GOP machine is scrambling to defend the action that sparked the move – and its spokespersons have chosen to lie, loud and clear on several occasions, about Colorado’s voting system.
On Tuesday, Republican politicians and the conservative media claimed that Colorado and Georgia’s election laws were in fact quite similar. Fox News went further, suggesting that Colorado laws may in fact be After restrictive. Even the smallest amount of research exposes these claims to be clearly untrue.
The basis of the argument here is that if Colorado’s laws are as bad as Georgia’s now – they aren’t – then Georgia shouldn’t be punished for its Republican-backed voting restrictions. Republican lawmakers say the real enemy is MLB, for giving in to what Kemp lazily rejected like “the lies of the ‘awakened’ crowd.”
But when it comes to election laws, Colorado and Georgia are not even on the same page.
“Colorado’s electoral model is working,” Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold told HuffPost in an emailed statement, pointing to the state’s consistently high turnout as proof.
“We send ballots to all voters, have early voting and same day voter registration. Voters can easily participate in our elections, which are also the safest in the country. Electoral accessibility and security can go hand in hand. “
Here’s a look at some of the big differences between the two states’ voting laws:
Colorado has universal postal voting, which means each registered voter receives a ballot in the mail two to three weeks before each election. Once completed, the ballot can be returned by mail or dropped into one of 368 drop boxes, which are accessible – and monitored – 24 hours a day. In 2020, there was about one drop box for 9,400 voters and 94% of Coloradans voted this way.
In Georgia, mail ballots are only provided to voters who request them, and under the new law, it is illegal for election officials to send mail ballot requests to voters unless that they do not explicitly ask for it. Georgians who obtain a postal ballot will have a harder time casting it: the new law limits drop boxes to one per 100,000 active registered voters per county, and they are only accessible during office hours. (As of 2020, the Atlanta metro area had 94 drop boxes. The new law reduces them to a maximum of 23 boxes, according to a New York Times analysis.)
Fox News reports on the subject yesterday repeatedly failed to mention this very important and crucial difference. One story – topped with a grossly misleading title – postulated that Colorado’s rules may in fact be “more restrictive” than Georgia’s.
Both states require voters to prove they are who they say they are. But Colorado is making that task much easier.
In Colorado, those in the 6% of voters who go to the polls in person can use one of 16 different forms of identification, ranging from driver’s licenses and passports to pending utility bills and tickets. valid Medicare cards. People voting by mail for the first time must also provide identification; this requirement is removed with subsequent ballots, which are verified by signature.
Georgian voters, on the other hand, must show photo ID when voting in person. Those who voted by mail are now also required to provide identification where a signature was sufficient in the past, although this does not necessarily have to be photo identification.
Sean spicer, former President Donald Trump’s first press secretary, tweeted a screenshot of six from Colorado 16 acceptable forms of identity – and presented them as a complete list:
Colorado offers 15 days of advance voting in person compared to 17 days in Georgia. But since 94% of Coloradans vote by mail, that’s a moot point.
A breakdown of the numbers by The Colorado Sun shows 198,645 Coloradans voted in person for 15 days, compared to more than 2.7 million Georgians over a slightly longer period.
Long lines to access polling stations of the type seen across Georgia are almost unheard of in Colorado.
Kemp drew a comparison of the apples to apples of the early voting periods of the two states, neglecting to mention Colorado’s universal postal voting system. And the governor of Georgia earned bonus points for accusing “the culture of cancellation” of ignoring the facts – when he himself purposely ignored the facts:
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