Georgia’s New Voting Law

By Mary Kelly No comments

I am opposed to this law and will continue to have more to say about why, but I wanted to get the actual law out to people who are interested in reading it. It is 98 pages in length. Mostly what we are hearing in the news concerns not being able to give water to voters who are standing in long lines waiting to vote (and mind you, some stood in line for hours and hours in the 2020 election in some parts of Georgia because Georgia officials did not provide enough opportunities to vote – up to 10 hours in some places) and voter id requirements. But that is not all of the restrictions in the bill and certainly not the most harmful on the face of what is being conveyed in the news.

There are other things more important that I will address in detail in later writings to come that are even more troubling than these things. The problem with the identification requirement will be discussed separately as well. For now, I will just say that in Georgia, it can be very difficult to get the “right kind” of id. There needs to be alternative ways to prove who you are than what they demand.

I suggest that this law will do nothing to stop what little voter fraud has occurred in Georgia prior to this law’s passing. In other words, it will not stop voter fraud any better than the laws in place in Georgia prior to the passing of this new law. And even then, the only fraud at all in Georgia has occurred in or prior to 2018 and mostly in local elections. (See Voter Fraud Map: Election Fraud Database. The Heritage Foundation. (n.d.). https://www.heritage.org/voterfraud/search?state=GA&combine=&year=&case_type=All&fraud_type=All&page=1)

What I think we need is online voting. That is the best way to prevent voter fraud, and when it does occur, this is the best way to catch the criminals attempting to fraud our voting process. Online voting would also encourage voting, not discourage or prevent it as this law does. So if the intent of the law is to prevent fraud and not suppress the vote which this new law is not doing, online voting is the way to go. Online voting will do both and do it well, and it will bring us into the year of 2021, not take us backward!

We already do even the most personally private and financially private aspects of our lives online in a safe manner. Most all attorney’s require wire transfer of funds to buy a house in Georgia. In Georgia, titles to vehicles are electronically delivered. Georgia income tax is paid and refunds received through wire transfer. We file our federal income tax via the internet and get refunds by wire transfer. We place Amazon orders and online grocery orders using credit cards which are stored on the host computers of vendors. Is there fraud? Sometimes. But those credit card companies catch it in a hurry. Why can’t we vote online? It is so backwards to still be using paper ballots!

Sources follow that will explain the new law. The law can be found at

https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59827

AND, I will be back later to discuss more of what I think is wrong with this bill and why I call it a voter suppression law, but for now, you will be able to read the actual bill by clicking on the link above.

Mary Kelly
3/31/2021


References:

Bouie, J. (n.d.). The Republican Party Is Driving the Nation’s Democratic Decline. Yahoo! News. https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-party-driving-nations-democratic-120526679.html. (This explains what is happening and what the goal is.)

SB 202 /AP* Elections and Primaries; persons or entities that mail absentee ballot applications shall mail such applications only to eligible registered electors. Georgia General Assembly. (n.d.). https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59827. (This is the new voter bill passed in Georgia in March 2021.)

Stuart, T. (2021, March 26). Everything You Need to Know About Georgia’s New Voting Law. Yahoo! https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/everything-know-georgia-voting-law-151819318.html. (This discusses the law.)

Stuart, T. (2021, March 28). Everything You Need to Know About Georgia’s New Voting Law. Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/georgia-voting-bill-brian-kemp-voter-suppression-1147493/. (This is a good description of the law.)

Voter Fraud Map: Election Fraud Database. The Heritage Foundation. (n.d.). https://www.heritage.org/voterfraud/search?state=GA&combine=&year=&case_type=All&fraud_type=All&page=1. Georgia voter fraud _ last voter fraud conviction in Georgia, all of candidates were Republican: “Georgia’s 28th House District The 2018 election for Georgia’s 28th House district was overturned twice by Senior Superior Court Judge David Sweat because some out-of-district voters submitted ballots, some voters moved out of the district between the first and second runoff elections, and there was at least one instance of duplicate voting. Though individuals were not prosecuted, this northeastern Georgia district faced three elections in the same year between the same Republican candidates (no Democrats ran). In the end, the incumbent lost to challenger Chris Erwin. Source: on-ajc.com/2P53Meg, on-ajc.com/2ZmXBpG, on-ajc.com/2HjZMjJ”