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Editorial: Georgia governor, General Assembly are barking up the wrong tree



On its face, it seems like Senate bill 222, which has now been signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, is an attempt to prevent money from outside the state from being used to sway elections.

However, a careful reading of the bill, now passed as law, shows it does nothing but stymie local elections official...

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  1. I believe it is a good law. It eliminates the potential for misuse and the perception of fraud. It’s interesting how many laws have been passed to prevent fraud by a GA government that states there was none.

  2. “…the bill, now passed as law, shows it does nothing but stymie local elections officials from receiving non-partisan grants to help fund the elections process.” It is hard to believe that grants provided by billionaire Democrat liberals are used to promote voting by conservatives, the religious right, and Republicans. If public funds are not sufficient to hold elections, then the county, city, or town has their spending priorities wrong. Elections are a basic government function that is more important than funding civic art, walking trails, and other non-essential government functions. You are right about banning campaign contributions for GA candidates by entities or individuals who do not have a permanent physical presence in GA. That should be the next campaign reform law that the GA General Assembly passes.

  3. Agree Joe. The bottom line is your last paragraph.

    “If we want real election reform, then we need to encourage the governor and general assembly to go to the source of the problem, which is individuals and corporate entities from out-of-state attempting to influence local elections by funding the endless barrage of misleading campaign ads.”

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