Republicans, under fire from Democrats and major corporations for their nationwide push for new limits on voting, are defending their proposals or already better on the books of some blue states to access ballots than electoral laws is.
In statements and news conferences, Republican leaders said what they say is a double measure of Democrats and activists who say the bill – and Georgia’s newly enacted sanctions, in particular – attempt to suppress multinational government votes Biden’s victory over the president who moderates last year.
In many cases, Republicans are right. Some traditionally Democratic states, including large ones such as New York, have long-term policies that advocates call voters. And some red states employ best practices to promote voter access. The difference is that many blue states are increasing to liberalize access to the ballot, while states such as Georgia and Texas are actively moving in the other direction.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas said Tuesday that his state already provides more early voting days than many other states, where Democrats control legislative chambers, as well as the governor’s mansion.
But the GOP-controlled Legislature of Texas is considering large packages of bills that would limit early voting options, affect how polling stations are allocated and add penalties to officials for mistakes in the election process. Although nothing has landed on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk yet, Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell, who is based out of Austin, has already spoken.
Patrick said during a news conference, “If somehow, we are accused of being racist because we want to suppress the vote of people of color, then I think New York, New Jersey and Delaware and even more Are racist. ” Of bills.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Q. On Monday made a similar argument, stating that similar companies criticizing the red state bills have ignored problems elsewhere.
He said, “Wealthy corporations have no problem working in New York, for example, which has fewer days of early voting than in Georgia, requiring excuses for absentee ballots and prohibiting electrification through refreshments Is done, ”he said. “No consistent or factual standard is being applied here. It is only a fake narrative motion at its own pace.”
This is an argument that is gaining steam on the right. The mayor of Denver announced that the city would host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game – the MLB withdrew from the original host city, Atlanta, in protest against Georgia’s new law – some Republicans claimed that Colorado’s voter ID card The requirement was similar to Georgia. Which is considered to be one of the strictest laws in the country.
Advocates acknowledged that there was still work to be done in many democratic states.
“It’s not a partisan thing, ‘but New York?” A lot of election advocates respond, ‘Yes – and – New York,’ “said Justin Levitt, an electoral law expert and professor at Loyola Law School at Loyola Marymount University in California, who worked in the Justice Department during the Obama administration .
Still, election policy experts warn that Republicans are attracting a false analogy, and they say more reference to the argument being used to justify major changes after former President Donald Trump lost the election is required.
Bob Brandon, President and CEO Bob Brandon said, “Here’s the big difference: New York, New Jersey, Delaware have grown steadily over the years to increase voting options, while Georgia, Texas, Iowa have gone in the opposite direction . ” Nonpartisan Fair Election Center, which advocates removing the barriers of the ballot box.
Colorado, for example, “leads the way in the expansion of ways and options to vote and results in the highest turnout in any state around the country,” he said.
Here’s how some election laws and proposals compare.
How does Colorado compare to Georgia?
Sen. Tim Scott, RSC, tweeted Tuesday that both Colorado and Georgia have voter ID card laws, while Colorado has fewer days of early voting.
This is misleading, thanks to the various ways states conduct elections. It is true that according to the new law, Georgia has more days of early person voting than Colorado – at least 17.
But Colorado, where Democrats control the Legislature and the governor’s office, runs their elections almost entirely by mail. Ballots are automatically mailed to eligible voters, who can vote in person during the 15-day early voting and in person on election day. According to Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Grisold, the majority of voters – 94 percent, opted to vote by mail last year.
The state has automatic voter registration for voters who apply for a driver license or interact with certain state agencies and same-day voter registration who do not.
In Georgia, the Department of Driver Services has automatic voter registration. According to state law, to be eligible, voters are required to register to vote a month before the election. The state’s new law makes it illegal for the state or counters to mail absentee voting applications.
Colorado voters are required to show ID under certain special circumstances, but a variety of documents are eligible, including utility bills and paychecks. The ballot papers of mail voters are verified by a signature matching process.
Brandon said the suggestion of restrictive election law in Colorado is “completely wrong” and that the state is in the “best” of voting policies.
Georgia has the nation’s strictest voter ID laws, allowing only government or tribal photo IDs, such as driver’s licenses, passports, or free voter ID cards that counties offer.
While anyone can vote by post, those voters now have to include a driver’s license number or other proof of their identity with the document. Before Georgia passed its law, the mail ballot was verified by a signature match process similar to that of Colorado.
What about New Jersey, New York and Delaware?
Republicans have also criticized Biden’s home state of New Jersey, New York and Delaware, zeroing in on early voting in those states.
Delaware and New York both enacted legislation in 2019 to create permanent early voting, while New Jersey did so last week. When all three states have fully implemented their laws, more than a week of early voting will be required by law. Texas and Georgia have two and three weeks of early voting, respectively.
Advocates of voting rights have long targeted New York for slackness in adopting its restrictive policies and reforms – such as strict limits on mail voting – but they have pushed for state expansion and increased voting in early last year Ongoing efforts are appreciated.
Georgia has had both early voting and no-excusable mail voting for more than a decade, although experts said strict ID requirements could create barriers to using those options.
Texas said that those who can vote absentee by mail, although according to research compiled by the National Conference of State Legislators, the limits are somewhat lower than in New York. Texas also needs a voter ID card in the election.
There is already no excuse in New Jersey for mail voting; Delaware legislators are considering expanding mail voting to all voters.
Experts said the laws and the trajectory of election administration should be considered.
Brandon said, “If we want to talk about comparing one state to another, let’s see what trajectory they are on. There is no question that Georgia, which already had many boundaries, has Have tried to make it even harder, ”Brandon said. .
New York has long been criticized for a voting system that favors difficulties for voters to cast their votes, and its election system, particularly in New York City, suffers from patronage and inefficiency. Levitt said the issue is less about partisanship and more about “intimidating voters”.
“When you have incumbents who do not value voters as potential voters, but as a fear of opposition elements, you get election procedures and practices that are not great,” he said.
Is there a ban on giving food to voters in New York elections?
McConnell said in a statement on Monday that New York “prohibits elections through voting,” a clear reference to criticism of Georgia’s ban on giving food or water to people standing in line to vote.
Experts say that many states have laws that refer to food in the prohibition of food, but they say that the context of the laws is important.
New York’s law, which bans the harassment of voters with things like meat, drink, or tobacco, dates back more than 100 years, Leavitt said, when political machines show voters with promises of things like whiskey and chicken roasting Will exclude.
New York’s law also includes an exception for refreshments to voters inside polling places, which retail for less than a dollar – likely to cover bottled water.
An old bribery law on the books differs from “looking back, and saying that law,” Leavitt said, in the current context.
He said, “Someone else has screwed up. “It is an argument that more courts should be better.”