President Joe Biden again criticized Georgia’s new “ Jim Crow ” voting bill, praising companies like Major League Baseball for “ speaking out, ” after the All-Star game was torn out of Atlanta in new comments on Tuesday over the ongoing controversy.
“But the best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to fix up, stop, stop,” Biden told reporters after commenting on the COVID-19 vaccination effort. “It’s about people going to vote.”
Biden said it was ‘up to The Masters’ if the tournament wanted to follow MLB’s lead and take the golf championship out of the state, explaining the ‘tough’ decision companies must weigh as Democrats are calling for action against GOP-approved voting laws in Georgia and other states, and Republicans are calling on corporate America for being too “awake.”
“Look, you know, it’s reassuring to see for-profit operations and corporations speaking out on how these new Jim Crow laws just contradict who we are,” Biden said. ‘But there is also another side. Also, the downside is that when they actually move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, the people who earn hourly wages, are sometimes the most injured. ‘
President Joe Biden said Georgia and other states pondering “Jim Crow” style voting laws needed to be “revamped.” He answered reporters’ questions after commenting on the COVID-19 vaccination effort on Tuesday
“I think it’s a very difficult decision for a company or a group to make,” he continued.
“But I respect when they make that judgment and I support any judgment they take,” added the president.
On Tuesday, Republicans were upset that MLB pulled the All-Star Game out of Georgia and decided to let Denver, Colorado host the league.
A number of Republicans pointed out that in some cases Georgia had less strict voting laws.
During Tuesday’s briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki flatly rejected that when she pointed to Colorado’s post-in-voting system.
“ Colorado allows you to register on election day, Colorado has postal votes where they send to 100 percent in the state who are eligible, ” Psaki said when a reporter called the voting rules “ very similar. ”
Georgian Governor Brian Kemp and other GOP officials pointed out that Colorado has a slightly shorter early, personal voting period and personal ID requirements, but more than 90 percent of Colorado voters in 2020 mailed their ballots, due to the convenience of the mail voting system.
Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina made the Georgia-Colorado comparison and tweeted, “The Wokes are at it again, folks.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected Republican claims that Colorado and Georgia have similar voting laws – which GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp insisted after the All-Star Game moved from Atlanta to Denver
“Georgia has 17 days of personal early voting, including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15,” Kemp said. So what I’m told, they also need photo ID. So it doesn’t make much sense to me. ‘
On Friday, the MLB commissioner announced that the game would be moved out of Georgia in response to the controversial voting bill that Kemp signed last month.
Psaki also argued on Tuesday that the legislation was “built on a lie.”
“ There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Georgia’s top Republican election officials have acknowledged repeatedly during an interview and what was there was a record turnout, especially among the voters of color, ” she said from the podium.
“So instead, what we’re seeing here, for politicians who didn’t like the outcome, they’re not changing their policies to win more votes, they’re changing the rules to exclude more voters,” she argued.
Georgian Governor Brian Kemp, photographed at a press conference in response to MLB’s decision, pointed out that Georgia has a longer, personal early vote and both states have an ID requirement, saying the move “ doesn’t make that much sense to me . ‘
VOTE AT MAIL-IN
Colorado’s voting system was mentioned by Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold in an October 2020 story by Coloradoan.com as the ‘gold standard’ in the United States, as all registered voters receive an unsolicited post-in ballot.
More than 90 percent of voters voted by mail, even in favor of the coronavirus, prompting a number of states to follow suit and expand the voting round by mail.
Psaki said Tuesday that 94 percent of ballots released in the state in the 2020 election were by mail.
Colorado ballot dropboxes are available 24/7.
In the 96-page bill that Kemp signed in late March – which sparked MLB’s All-Star game backlash – Georgia placed new restrictions on postal voting.
The state pushed back the deadline to request a ballot by mail, starting 11 weeks before election day and ending 11 days before.
Georgian law prohibits jurisdictions from sending unsolicited requests for absentee votes.
Georgians who vote by mail have a new ID component – where they must include a driver’s license number or state-issued ID number on their application.
That number must match when voting.
The law also reduced the number of dropboxes – and the hours they would be available to voters. The law requires boxes to be placed outside office hours in government buildings and at locations for early voting.
Voters in Georgia can still mail their ballots through the United States Postal Service.
However, post delays were a concern during the 2020 cycle.
Atlanta’s Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, was to be the venue for the 2021 All-Star Game, but Major League Baseball announced on Friday that the game would be moved out of the state of Georgia in response to the controversial, GOP-approved voting rights
EARLY, PERSONAL MOOD AND ID REQUIREMENTS
In Colorado – as Kemp noted – the state has an early, personal voting period of 15 days, compared to Georgia’s 17 days.
And there is an ID requirement.
The National Conference of State Legislators, as The Washington Post reported, Colorado’s ID requirement calls a “ non-strict ” voter identification law, meaning residents can use a driver’s license, passport, and work ID – and no photo is required.
If voters show up and don’t have ID, they can fill out a preliminary ballot.
Georgia, on the other hand, has a ‘strict’ identity law, which requires a photo.
Democrats have long argued that voter identification laws are harmful to Americans of color and the poor.
Now the All-Star Game is being played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado (pictured), where Republicans claim Colorado and Georgia have similar voting restrictions. Psaki pointed out that every voter in Colorado receives a mail-in ballot unsolicited
Georgian law also shortened the time frame for their mandatory fallout elections, which are triggered when no candidate gets above 50 percent.
The run-offs are now held four weeks after the general election instead of nine.
New voters are not allowed to register to vote between the two elections.
WATER AND FOOD IN LINE
One of the most controversial parts of the Georgian electoral law is that it is a crime for “anyone” to provide voters with food and water when they queue.
Critics of the law say the broad language could apply to relatives and friends of voters and non-partisan groups.
Proponents say they want to tackle politics in the polls.
Water stations are allowed at polling stations, under Georgian law, but are not required to be provided to voters.
Colorado law allows campaign employees to hand out food and drink outside, but they cannot hand out anything with a candidate’s name or image on it.