A former member of the Federal Election Commission and Justice Department attorney implies that what's being said about Georgia's new voting law might be the biggest lie of the year.
Speaking Wednesday afternoon on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" program, Hans von Spakovsky – who is now with The Heritage Foundation – said the biggest thing that companies have been concentrating on has been Georgia's voter ID requirement.
"And what's so odd about that is that Georgia has had a voter ID requirement in place for more than a decade," said Spakovsky. "It only applies to in-person voting – and this reform bill extended it to absentee balloting. But there are a number of other states that do that … and the voter ID requirement that Georgia has is in line with that of numerous other states – including, by the way, Colorado, which is where Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game."
Spakovsky also dismissed claims that Georgia cut back on the early voting period.
"In fact, the state added another day so that there are 17 days of early voting," Spakovsky explained. "Compare to that to the state of New York, which I think has about half that much; and yet New York is the corporate league headquarters for Major League Baseball."
One of the more talked about issues involves Georgia not allowing people in line to be given water. President Joe Biden has raised this issue on a number of occasions. Spakovsky pushes back on that criticism.
"Georgia has a law that every other state in the country also has that prohibits what's called 'electioneering' or 'campaigning' inside a polling place or within a certain distance of both the polling place and voters standing in line," he explained. "In Georgia, it's no campaigning within 150 feet of the building, and no campaigning by candidates and others within 25 feet of voters standing in line – just like in the state of New York."
The point of prohibiting electioneering, said Spakovsky, is to "prevent campaigns and candidates from influencing voters."
"It's to prevent a candidate from showing up at a polling place with a truckload of pizzas and start handing them out to voters to try to influence them to vote," Spakovsky continued. "The law does not prevent voters from bringing their own water and food and snacks with them, and it does not prevent election officials from providing water, food, and snacks. And so the idea that it's somehow going to keep voters [from having something to drink], that voters are going to die of thirst or something is just absurd."
All things considered, Spakovsky believes the reasons people and politicians are pushing against the new Georgia election law is to convince Democrats in the U.S. Senate to get rid of the filibuster and pass HR 1, a controversial bill that's been heavily criticized by conservatives.
"That's the big bill … that would be a complete federal takeover of the administration of elections," said Spakovsky.
In image above, President Joe Biden speaks after meeting with leaders from Georgia's Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, Friday, March 19, 2021, at Emory University in Atlanta, as Vice President Kamala Harris listens. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)