Meanwhile, the Latest Georgia Voting Rights Controversy Is Erupting

Is it possible that we have reached the peak of outrage over Georgia’s latest election law fight?

There is still more outrage in Georgia. The rationale being offered for voting problems is getting more ridiculous.

This sounds serious. The Georgia State Elections Board has been sued by three different voting groups over the new rules it implemented in response to the voter integrity law passed in Georgia. This caused a national uproar and would indicate that there are serious violations.

You won’t believe it until you actually read the court file and discover how absurd this claim is.

Marc Elias (Democratic Party legal bomb-thrower) brought the suit. Priorities USA, and the Georgia Alliance of Retired Americans helped to file it. To receive an absentee vote ballot by mail, the lawsuit challenges the requirement for all submissions to be made by the voter. What is the issue? According to the court filing

This lawsuit poses the question: Can Georgia use administrative traps and obscure rules to refuse absentee votes to voters eligible for them? 

Which specific problems do they face with the filing? It prohibits electronic submissions and allows for digital signatures. This can help those who are trying to bulk submit their ballots or use other fraudulent means. What angers these groups is the requirement of a request needing to be submitted with a name and signature appearing with ink – that is, what is dubbed to be a “wet signature.” The opposition to this most basic operation in document verification is the ridiculous part – it is said to be racist.

Priorities USA explains in a statement: 

“The requirement of a ‘wet’ signature on an absentee ballot application simply creates a pretext to unfairly disqualify voters, particularly Black and brown voters, from their constitutional right to vote. This rule is yet another attempt by the Georgia Legislature to suppress voting rights,” said Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA. “Onerous requirements like this have historically been used to dilute the political power of marginalized communities. Priorities USA has been fighting voter suppression in the courts since 2015 and we will continue to work against these discriminatory policies.”

It goes further: the civil rights act is also invoked by the coalition when it files for court.

Section 101 of the Civil Rights Act prohibits election officials from denying any individual the right to vote “because of an error or omission on any record or paper relating to any application.”

What works against this claim is the phrase from that section clarifying, “If an error or omission in the determination of eligibility for voting is irrelevant,” It appears to be rather obvious that a valid signature is quite material in determining the qualification of the person claiming to request an absentee ballot.

This latest attempt to abolish sound voting requirements serves all the familiar buzzwords. Disenfranchised Citizens, Restrictions on voting rights, voting suppression, Minority communities are affectedThe like. To restore voter integrity, new laws were created to protect against abuse.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

The promises of oppression are not being fulfilled, and there is a need to use more restrictive race-based claims to support their arguments. These arguments fall on deaf ears. Add to that the fact Minorities often show supportFor voter integrity measures such as voter ID, you can see how these groups are used by the ruling party to implement measures that will facilitate their electoral goals.

Consider how, during the pandemic in New York City and Washington D.C., people were required to bring two or three IDs to prove that they had been properly immunized. These shots and boosters were more difficult than getting standard ID to vote.

Their argument is now that handwriting signatures on voter documents are racist. These people are more offensive about the incapacity of these minorities to take their own decisions.

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