This story might have gotten lost in the shuffle over the weekend but its still a very important one. Biden has been doing a lot of lying since he became president and the Georgia bill might be his magnum opus. He is claiming that the bill is a form of voter suppression. Even Jen Psaki is backing up his fib.
It’s hard for any White House to admit error, especially when the president has three times repeated the falsehood,” said Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, in a recent tweet. “But this is becoming a pretty deep hole,” he continued. This is not merely a case of refusing to admit to an error, though.
The White House has a clear and definite plan here. They want to portray the new laws as a modern-day form of Jim Crow. Now, they should be able to put a certain amount of pressure on those who stand in favor of the filibuster in their Senate caucus. If they are unable to lie, it is much harder to make the law sound worse than it is.
Make no mistake, that’s what this is all about here. Leftists have been passing around the Psaki clip, acting as if she dropped some sort of truth bomb on the Republicans. The reality is much different. “Question: Is the tone going to change out of the White House? Psaki: The tone for a bill that limits voting access and makes it more difficult for people to engage in voting in Georgia?” reads the tweet from Acyn and this is the tone that many leftists took.
Question: Is the tone going to change out of the White House?
Psaki: The tone for a bill that limits voting access and makes it more difficult for people to engage in voting in Georgia? pic.twitter.com/K9LYRwqDXk
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 1, 2021
While Psaki and Biden continue to lie, Business Insider looks to share the truth. They offered a neat little summary of the changes recently:
“The bill requires early voting from 9 am to 5 pm during the week from Monday to Friday, giving counties the option to open as early as 7 am and close as late as 7 pm. Counties must also hold two Saturdays of early voting from 9 am to 5 pm and have the option to hold early voting on or both of the Sundays during the period.
Previously, Georgia required Monday through Friday voting during “normal business hours,” which were up to each county’s interpretation, and one mandatory Saturday of voting from 9 am to 4 pm,” says Business Insider.
The term “normal business hours” is a vague one. By establishing the 9 to 5 rule, Georgia legislators may have provided even more time to cast votes. Rural areas tend to be short on staffing and are typically unable to handle any sort of surge. Under the old laws, they had every opportunity to close their doors early. Now, they are being asked to provide a strict eight-hour block of voting time.
Democrats might be able to complain about the benefits for the GOP base, as they are a more rural voting bloc in nature. What they can’t do is complain about voter suppression when more people are going to have a chance to vote early than ever before. The vague aspects of the voting process have been removed entirely but the Democrats will still find ways to whine.
The new Georgia law will require voters to submit ID to vote by mail. If they use their driver's license, they need to provide the #.
One of the two numbers below is correct. If they put the other, it will be rejected.
Are you sure you would pick the right one? pic.twitter.com/3yQZAgioLO
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) April 1, 2021
Kessler took a closer look at the changes in a recent piece as well:
“During the 2020 election, for instance, vote-rich Fulton County, with a substantial Black population, set early voting hours at 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on most weekdays and two Saturdays, though the last weekdays had 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. voting hours. Voting was allowed on two Sundays between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Under the new law, Fulton County could set the exact same hours for in-person early voting — or expand them from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.”
The only hope that the Democrats have of getting Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to change their mind about the filibuster is to create a climate so toxic that they have no choice. This battle is certainly a part of that. GOP members can rest easy, as this appears to be a nonstarter at the moment.