Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside announced this week that despite what Georgia’s new electoral reform law says, his office will not prosecute people who distribute food and water to voters who wait in long lines if the action was not motivated by partisan politics.
The controversial new omnibus law – which was referred to as Senate Bill 202, her name as she moved to the General Assembly – made it a crime to distribute food and water to people who were in line to vote.
Officially, the law states that these items cannot be distributed within 25 feet of a polling line or 150 feet of a polling station.
But Whiteside said his office will not enforce it until the people who distribute the food and water trade them in for votes, effectively asking people to vote for certain candidates or questions in exchange for the provisions.
“The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office will not prosecute those arrested for distributing non-partisan drinks and / or food to voters queuing for long hours on Election Day in Gwinnett County because they do not There is no rational legal basis for this law, “the Whiteside office said in a statement.