Last 7 days, the MLB announced it would be pulling its All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the state’s restrictive new voting regulation, and shifting it to considerably much more voter-friendly Colorado.
The invoice was handed by Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature and signed into regulation by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) at the conclude of final month. Now, the GOP machine is scrambling to protect the motion the prompted the go — and its mouthpieces have selected to lie, loudly and repeatedly, about Colorado’s voting method.
On Tuesday, Republican politicians and conservative outlets alike claimed that Colorado’s and Georgia’s voting regulations are essentially really similar. Fox Information went further more, suggesting that Colorado’s legislation may basically be much more restrictive. Even the smallest sum of study exposes these claims as obviously wrong.
The basis of the argument listed here is that if Colorado’s legal guidelines are just as negative as Georgia’s now are — they aren’t — then Ga shouldn’t be punished for its Republican-backed voting limits. Republican legislators argue that the actual enemy is the MLB, for caving to what Kemp lazily dismissed as “the ‘woke’ mob’s lies.”
But when it comes to election legislation, Colorado and Ga aren’t even in the same ballpark.
“Colorado’s election product operates,” Colorado Secretary of Condition Jena Griswold explained to HuffPost in an emailed assertion, pointing to the state’s consistently substantial voter turnout as evidence.
“We mail ballots to all voters, have early voting, and exact same day voter registration. Voters can take part simply in our elections, which are also the most protected in the country. Election accessibility and safety can go hand-in-hand.”
Here’s a rundown on some of the broad distinctions involving the two states’ voting rules:
Colorado has common mail-in voting, which signifies each individual registered voter will get a ballot in the mail two to 3 months right before just about every election. When done, the ballot can be mailed back again or dropped off at just one of 368 fall containers, which are obtainable ― and surveilled ― 24 several hours a working day. In 2020, there was about one drop box for every 9,400 voters and 94% of Coloradans voted this way.
In Georgia, absentee ballots are only provided to voters who implement for 1, and underneath the new legislation, it is illegal for election officials to mail absentee ballot applications to voters unless of course they explicitly request them. Georgians who do get hold of an absentee ballot will have a more difficult time dropping it off: The new law limitations fall boxes to 1 for every 100,000 active registered voters per county, and they are only accessible during business enterprise hours. (In 2020, the main Atlanta metropolitan location experienced 94 fall containers. The new regulation cuts that to a highest of 23 bins, a New York Times examination identified.)
Fox News’ reporting on the topic yesterday regularly failed to mention this very substantial, critical difference. One particular tale — topped by a grossly misleading headline — posited that Colorado’s procedures may perhaps really be “more restrictive” than Georgia’s.
Both equally states call for voters to confirm they are who they say they are. But Colorado tends to make it much less complicated to do so.
In Colorado, those who are amid the 6% of voters who go to the polls in particular person can use just one of 16 distinct forms of identification, ranging from driver’s licenses and passports to present-day utility expenditures and legitimate Medicare cards. People voting by mail for the very first time must also supply ID that need is dropped with subsequent mail-in ballots, which are verified by way of signature.
Georgia voters, meanwhile, must clearly show a photo ID when voting in particular person. All those who forged an absentee ballot need to now also deliver identification where by a signature sufficed in the earlier, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be a photograph ID.
Sean Spicer, previous President Donald Trump’s 1st push secretary, tweeted a screenshot of six of Colorado’s 16 acceptable types of ID — and presented them as the overall checklist:
Colorado presents 15 in-human being early voting times compared to Georgia’s 17. But given that 94% of Coloradans vote by mail, this is a moot position.
A breakdown of the quantities by The Colorado Sunlight exhibits that 198,645 Coloradans voted in-particular person throughout 15 times, when compared to a lot more than 2.7 million Georgians throughout a marginally longer timeframe.
Extended strains to entry polling locations of the kind observed across Georgia are pretty much unheard of in Colorado.
Kemp drew an apples-to-apples comparison of the two states’ early voting durations, neglecting to point out Colorado’s universal vote-by-mail program. And the Ga governor attained reward points for accusing “cancel culture” of disregarding the points — when he himself willfully ignored the facts:
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