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And what happens then?

Jason Stanley tweets:

Why did Georgia legislators think it was necessary to put this in their voter “integrity” law?

Let’s backup and talk about the 2020 election. For some strange reason, Republicans were freaking out about mail in voting. I heard more than once, “Why can’t you go to the polls in person on Election Day??” It was posed as to suggest that going to the polls was the officially blessed method that had been enshrined in the constitution since time immemorial. It implied that voting in person was the only legitimate voting method.

(It’s not and it never was even from the beginning of the US but they’ll never believe it)

Now why was that so important? Well, it’s not so important to me because I don’t usually have an issue voting in a non-pandemic year. I can just walk down the hill to the Methodist church and in generally less than 10 minutes, I’m done.

But there are places in the US, like Georgia, where voters are squeezed into one polling place and the machines sometimes malfunction and the chances of some goon of a poll watcher checking your ID and generally being very menacing are pretty high.

The lines to vote there are outrageously long. That’s not to say that people won’t go to vote and won’t wait all day if necessary. Offering a voter water is a humane gesture.

But no, Georgians are not allowed to do that anymore. Not allowed to give someone a drink, even if they’re 85 years old and have been waiting for four hours.

Yes, it will disproportionately affect voters of color and elderly people.

What surprises me is they stopped at preventing others from giving voters water. What about if you bring your own water? Is that allowed? Can you bring a portable stool to sit on if you get tired? What about if you need to use the bathroom? Can someone hold your place for you? Is this what we can expect from Georgia next?

Why stop with free water?

5 Responses

  1. The good news is I have no plans to move to GA, the bad news is PA has already tightened up the laws here, and no doubt plans to do more. Having lived in AZ where it was simple to get a mail-in for no reason, and WA where you had no choice but mail-in (well you didn’t have to actually mail it in, you could drop it in ballot collection boxes) I am sold on mail in. This is especially true when there are propositions on the ballot, It’s so much easier to be able to read the proposition and research on the internet in the comfort of your home. If a voter who votes in person has not read the proposition IMO they cannot really make an informed vote. Many of these propositions are written in language that is so convoluted it takes time to decipher. If you haven’t done this due diligence before heading to the polls, you are most likely to vote in the direction espoused by the organization that spent the most money advertising, which in many cases would have people voting against their best interests.

    I sincerely hope that PA does not tighten up anymore than they already have, what the have done so far is not too bad, it’s just that they have gone back on what they said when they introduced mail-in voting. You now HAVE to request a ballot every year. Plus when I went to the PA voter website to request this years ballot, they really have not changed it so that you would necessarily know this by reading it. I do not know who deals with the Website content, but I hope it’s not Wolf. I am already pissed off at him because of his nonsense about how everyone in 1a is going to be vaccinated by the end of the month. I did get finally my first shot, but my SO, who is not a patient at both of the local hospitals has not been able to get an appointment for her first. The rhetoric coming out of Wolf on this lately has been terrible. It almost seems like he believes the bullshit coming out of our major non-profit (HAH!!) hospital regarding vaccinations. OH how I wish we had national health insurance.

    • I know it’s a long drive but you can get a shot pretty easily here in Allegheny county. And Butler too. I keep telling everyone to forget the hospital waiting lists and sign up for the county mass vax sites. All the people in my family in 1a got vaccines pretty easily. I had to wait in Allegheny county but got a jab in Butler fast.
      So, you know, maybe that pennsylvania turnpike toll might be worth it.

      • In Lehigh the mass vax sights are run by LVHN, the behemoth non profit (my ass) hospital. IF you give your CEO 7 figure bonuses you are not NON profit, you are profit for the 1% only

        • Here in Allegheny county, different orgs are involved in mass vax sites but you don’t need to register with a hospital to get on the notification list. You just create an account on Allegheny county’s everbridge system anf they will send you a vax update everyday with a list of open appointments. It’s actually pretty easy to use. But like I said, you gotta be ready to make the trip. So pick a time and date a couple days ahead and jump on the turnpike.

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