The Republican Party is scrambling to paint the Georgia voter suppression bill as anything other than what it is: a backlash against the state going blue in the last presidential election. Republicans like Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp have decided that if they can’t win elections by offering policies that Americans want, they’ll simply reduce the pool of voters to skew the electoral advantage in their favor. Democracy is rendering their party untenable and so they’ve decided to attack democracy itself.
SB202, the bill recently signed by Kemp, includes a slew of measures aimed at reducing voter turnout including making it illegal to distribute food and water to people waiting in line to vote, making IDs mandatory for absentee ballots, restricting the locations of ballot drop boxes, and giving Republicans more control over election boards.
Several major companies have decided to boycott the state in response to the deeply undemocratic bill, most notably Major League Baseball which has decided to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia. Conservatives are predictably outraged because apparently they’re only champions of the “free market” when the free market is benefiting them.
Fox News has been running breathless coverage of the MLB Decision with the level of mendacity we’ve come to expect from the far-right propaganda outlet. Host Harris Faulkner recently claimed incorrectly that Colorado—the state where the All-Star Game will now be held—has even more restrictive voter laws than Georgia. She focused on the number of early voting days in each state while conveniently ignoring the fact that Colorado has universal vote-by-mail and every registered voter receives a ballot in the mail, a fact pointed out by The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona.
Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner tries to claim that Colorado's voting laws are stricter than Georgia's by comparing the number of early voting days in the states.
What she doesn't mention is that Colorado has universal by-mail voting and mails ballots to every registered voter. pic.twitter.com/1cD4H0U3Wv
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 6, 2021
This new reactionary talking point about Colorado and Georgia was parroted by Fox’s Peter Doocy during the White House press briefing today.
“Is the White House concerned that Major League Baseball is moving their All-Star Game to Colorado where voting regulations are very similar to Georgia?” asked Doocy.
“Well let me just refute the first point you made. First, let me say on Colorado, Colorado allows you to register on Election Day. Colorado has voting-by-mail where they send to a hundred percent of people in the state who are eligible applications to vote-by-mail,” explained White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “94% of people in Colorado voted by mail in the 2020 election. And they also allow for a range of materials to provide even if they vote on Election Day for the limited number of people who vote on Election day.”
“I think it’s important to remember the context here,” Psaki went on. “The Georgia legislation is built on a lie. There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Georgia’s top Republican election officials have acknowledged that repeatedly in interviews. What there was however was record-setting turnout especially by voters of color. So instead what we’re seeing here is 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. And we certainly see the circumstances as different. But ultimately it’s up to Major League Baseball to decide where they’re holding their All-Star game.”
Once again we see Psaki effortlessly dismantling a bad faith question from Doocy. It seems every day he addresses the podium with some half-baked conservative talking point and every time Psaki immediately exposes him. Surely, he’ll learn his lesson one of these days.
PETER DOOCY: Is the WH concerned MLB is moving their All Star Game to Colorado, where voting rules are very similar to Georgia?
PSAKI: Let me refute that. CO has same-day registration, universal mail voting… it's important to remember the context. The GA bill is built on a lie pic.twitter.com/TaDLU0mYNP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2021
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