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New Voter Law (elections reforms)?

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by NewRoxFan, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. bobrek

    bobrek Politics belong in the D & D
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    Perhaps a vaccine card should be required to vote. Then you get the voter ID that the GOP craves and more vaccinated that the Dems crave.
  2. txtony

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    Laws written to suppress voters and to a great surprise :rolleyes:, it does exactly that.

    Compare to 2020, 4500% increase in mail ballot application rejections. 200% increase in returned ballot rejection.

    We Uncovered How Many Georgians Were Disenfranchised by GOP Voting Restrictions. It’s Staggering.

    “States are not engaging in trying to suppress voters whatsoever,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared last year.

    Facts on the ground in Georgia tell a different story. A new data analysis by Mother Jones shows that the number of voters disenfranchised by rejected mail ballot applications skyrocketed after the GOP-controlled legislature passed sweeping new restrictions on mail voting last year. The law enacted in March 2021 shortened the time people have to request and return mail ballots, prohibited election officials from sending such applications to all voters, added new ID requirements, and dramatically curtailed the use of ballot drop boxes, among other changes.

    During municipal elections in November, Georgia voters were 45 times more likely to have their mail ballot applications rejected—and ultimately not vote as a result—than in 2020. If that same rejection rate were extrapolated to the 2020 race, more than 38,000 votes would not have been cast in a presidential contest decided by just over 11,000 votes.

    In November 2021, Georgians who successfully obtained mail ballots were also twice as likely to have those ballots rejected once they were submitted compared to the previous year. If that were the case in 2020, about 31,000 fewer votes would have been cast in the presidential election.

    This data from a key swing state suggests that voter disenfranchisement caused by GOP-backed voting restrictions could significantly increase in 2022 and 2024. People who vote in local elections are usually highly informed about how the voting process works and should be the least likely to have their ballots rejected, so the true impact of the GOP’s cutbacks to voting access will likely be felt even more in the fall, when a larger and less experienced electorate casts ballots.

    “The truly troubling aspect of these numbers is that municipal voters tend to be much more experienced voters, ‘super-voters,’ if you will, who are less likely to make these sorts of errors,” such as returning their ballots late, says Sara Tindall Ghazal, a Democratic member of the Georgia State Election Board. “Extrapolating that to a much higher turnout election expected this year suggests that absent a massive voter education effort, many more eligible voters will be disenfranchised by these onerous restrictions—which seems to me to have been the point.”

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  3. Commodore

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    remember when they said GA voting law would suppress the vote?

  4. fchowd0311

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    That isn't the main concern with the Georgia bill. The main concern is that it delegates final say in approving vote counts to the partisan state legislator. Basically the state legislator can spam claims of fraud and then deny approval. Approval is now a partisan process.

    Page 8 of the law

    This is one of a few provisions that strip power from the secretary of state and indirectly shift it to the legislature by creating a new chair of the State Election Board. Previously, the secretary of state had served in that role.

    The law dictates that the newly created chair be “nonpartisan,” but the position is appointed through the partisan legislature. Voting rights groups say this amounts to the legislature’s exerting more control over the State Election Board and election oversight in general.
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  5. Sweet Lou 4 2

    Sweet Lou 4 2 Contributing Member
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    Yup basically it's like the home team can pick fans to be the refs.
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