Zero part politics all parts common sense. Understanding why Georgia rolled back voting rights in the state would mean one would have to dig deeper to understand what one means when they say election integrity. Let’s be totally upfront here — by integrity they simply mean oppressing the vote. There is no other way to put; spin it, say so, or talk about it.
Integrity to them means maintaining the vote and power the same way they’ve maintained such for generations up until this point. The idea behind election fraud isn’t the outright claims of fraud (which have been widely and almost universally debunked) it’s the idea that in more ways than one Republicans are losing their grip on power.
Partially rightfully so. Georgia ‘s argument that election integrity must be protected can almost without even blinking be traced back to the days that not everyone had the right to vote. Republicans then also argued the same thing that election integrity must be protected.
Let’s examine some key points of the bill despite the GOP spin machine claiming otherwise. According to the very bill that both of the GOP chambers wrote:
- Voting on Sundays would be heavily restricted. Black Georgians are quite known for going to church and then taking their congregants along with their church to polling places. Under this bill, such would be heavily restricted making it significantly harder for Black people to vote on Sundays.
- The bill also criminalizes giving people food and water while in line. This is one of the more inhumane parts of the bill considering voting often takes quite some time in line. Depriving people of both only because they want to ensure they don’t vote should be enough for each of those who made this bill to be charged.
- The bill also restricts mail in ballots from being mailed out more than four weeks before a major election.
- It also restricts mobile voting stations.
- It also shortens the period of early voting.
The potential economic fallout which is almost inevitable is poised to be crippling. Similar to Georgia ‘s attempt at a restrictive abortion bill, the chances of major businesses and movie studios pulling out of the are are almost all but guaranteed.
The terrifying reality of Georgia ‘s bill is that Georgia is not the only state that has Republican lawmakers who want nothing more than to go back to the days of “integrity” (when whites were completely and totally in power.) That idea is becoming more apparent as the days go on because they are realizing that in modern day more Black people than ever are actually Democrats.
Georgian Republicans are trying to resurrect a past that the federal government needs to stop before it gets any further.