Ralph Reed: Truth will prevail over Left's 'despicable lies'
Monday, April 5, 2021
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)
A longtime conservative activist took to the airwaves Monday to denounce critics of a new election reform law in Georgia they argue restricts voting rights – and to suggest that those who are spreading lies about the law either haven't read it or are choosing to make things up.
Liberal activists are ratcheting up their calls on corporate America to denounce the GOP campaign to tighten state voting laws, putting businesses accustomed to cozy political relationships in the middle of a growing partisan fight over voting rights and election laws.
Pressure is mounting on leading companies in Texas, Arizona and other states, particularly after Major League Baseball's decision Friday to move the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta. The move came a week after Georgia Republicans enacted an overhaul of the state's election law that critics argue is an attempt to suppress Democratic votes.
However, while liberals and corporate CEOs are criticizing Georgia's new election law, Ralph Reed of Faith & Freedom Coalition is taking up for the reforms. Reed – whose organization pushed for the legislation – appeared earlier today on American Family Radio.
"The biggest thing we wanted to address [in the law] was a loophole … where if you ordered an absentee ballot online, you had to provide a driver's license or other accepted form of ID," Reed explained. "And if you voted in person, you had to show some form of ID, usually a driver's license or some government issued ID. But if you requested an absentee ballot in the mail, you didn't have to do that."
The Georgia bill, said Reed, closes that loophole – but there's more.
"It [also] gets rid of signature verification. [That] can be a very tricky business, having a poll worker try and determine whether your signature looks the same on a ballot that it does on your driver's license. We got rid of that," he continued.
"[Under the new law] all you have to do is provide your driver's license number, some other ID number, or the last four [digits] of your Social Security number. It's just designed to make sure that you are who you say you are."
The language involving absentee ballot comes after absentee ballot voting went from 250,000 in 2016 to 1.35 million in 2020.
"The other thing the bill does is [expand] early voting in-person from the current 14 days to 17 days – and in some counties, it'll be 19 days, including additional weekend days," he described. 'And [lastly], it doesn't allow drop boxes to be placed in places that are unsupervised where people can violate the law by ballot harvesting and dropping off hundreds or even thousands of ballots that they've collected."
President Joe Biden and other Democrats have denounced the law and compared it to "Jim Crow" laws – a comparison Reed said isn't valid.
"This is designed to guarantee the access to the ballot while ensuring election integrity and securing the vote," he clarified. "The lies that have been told about this bill by the radical left – including, sadly, the president of the United States, who either didn't read the bill, wasn't properly briefed, or simply decided to make up things and sell falsehoods – have been despicable. It's a disgrace, but I am confident that the truth will prevail."
Corporations including Georgia-based Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola have also criticized the bill. Reed called that "another example of the woke radical left getting major corporations to do their bidding and trying to accomplish through economic blackmail what they are unable to achieve in the democratic or legislative process."
That tactic, said Reed, could very well come back to haunt those corporations.
"If these corporate CEOs keep this up, they better watch out," he warned, "because the Left is already after their industry with taxes, regulations, boondoggles, and massive spending and regulations.
"The only friends they've got in terms of protecting their jobs and their industries is on the Right – and if they keep kicking [them] in the teeth and telling lies about commonsense election reform like this, they may find themselves with no friends at all, on either side of the aisle."
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