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Opinion: New Law – Old Rules or Rulers?

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A sonic boom was heard this past Thursday. The majority of morally and ethically sound (this depends on what side of the political landscape you belong to) Georgians felt that a law was enacted to target their vote.  A majority republican legislature passed legislation that the Governor signed...

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  1. I still don’t understand how providing identification in order to vote is a curtailment of anyone’s freedom.
    I had to provide proof of identity to receive a drivers license. I didn’t see a van offering food and drink to the folks standing in line on that hot day at the tag office, outside due to COVID restrictions. Also, I missed the speakers promising me $2000 if I decided on a special tag for my car. I do know that Mr Facebook poured tons of money into the Georgia election. I do know that the tape “we all heard” was proved to have been bogus. Now, I’m beginning to see what’s really wrong with election reform.

  2. I agree that the optics are bad, coming immediately on the heels of Democratic wins. However, no one has yet to show me how the new rules in any way restricts, or suppresses, or discourages Democrat voters.

  3. Mr Meyers—at least 2 of your middle paragraphs are so muddled that I can’t tell what you are trying to say. Please clarify.
    Then tell us exactly why it is restrictive to require a verifiable ID # on the absentee ballot request. Do you recall that just a couple of years ago a group of Democrats sued the state over the signature matching process. Isn’t a # easier to confirm?

  4. Why is it egregious to require an ID number on an absentee ballot? If Dems won the last elections fair and square, it seems they would want to prevent fraud in the next one so they can win again. Besides, you have to provide an ID to fly on an airplane, buy cigarettes, rent a car, open a bank account or cash a check. But it’s egregious to require one for voting? Who are all these people that don’t have IDs and how do they function?

  5. Wow I remember the days when, unless you were in military with a ballot, or a very small percentage of legit absentee ballot holders, you went ON ELECTION DAY and voted. There wasn’t two weeks of advance voting and Sunday Souls to the Polls. You stood in line, it got done. Handing out water and food was against the law and was semi amended recently that it was okay as long as it was not tied to a particular candidate. Well, why is that done in majority democratic polling places? I didn’t see that happening in West Augusta or Columbia County. A valid ID is necessary for over a dozen major life actions, and most are not as important as a vote. I personally don’t know any person old enough to drive, much less vote, who doesn’t have an ID.

    • Debbie van Tuyll’s March 1 opinion column on the subject of the Voting Reform bills prompted me then to comment on what I saw happen in the year leading up to the 2020 election (and the 2021 runoff). The exact same comment applies here. The voting reform legislation being put into place in Georgia is a necessary step toward reversing the damaging pre-election changes promulgated by democrats and permitted by the governor and the secretary of state. As it now stands, the voting protocol lacks sufficient safeguards to ensure that fraud is unlikely, and when it does occur, to even recognize that it has happened, much less to be able to prove it. On a national level, the clearly unconstitutional HR1 is aimed toward doing the same damage nationwide. To try to smear as racist those of us objecting to the corruption of our election process is beneath contempt.

  6. The Washington Post three months later said it misquoted (lied about) Trump’s conversation with Georgia Election officials. This was after the un-factual quote was included in the impeachment allegations. The following is a link regarding the belated correction: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/17/erik-wemple-washington-post-writer-laments-serious/
    Regarding the court cases, none where actually heard by a court they were all thrown out on administrative rulings before having a hearing.
    The the voter ID requirements and no food or drink requirements apply to old and young democrats and republicans. I don’t see how any of these changes adversely impact any group over another. Also, why is it that every opinion piece that calls this Jim Crow, suppression, and racist never say exactly why a specific item should be labeled as such and gives one group an advantage over another.

    What should really scare us all is the current bill HR1 “For the People” in the US Senate. This bill is a Federal takeover of our elections that gives us the opportunity to fund candidates we don’t support with our tax payer dollars along with a host of other bad ideas.

  7. Voter ID should be mandatory. I showed an ID to get the vaccine, to buy alcohol to buy tobacco, to rent a car, to get any license, a passport, a marriage license, cash a check, join a fitness club, at the doctor’s office, to buy insurance, get on an airplane, apply for a scholarship, enroll in education classes, rent a motel room, take a college exam, get professional certification, the list is endless. Handing out food and water is debatable. I have never seen food and water given at the poles. I would think that would compromise health/ virus restrictions. How do you socially distance or keep multiple people handling food containers/ boxes. Some method of ascertaining voter eligibility is needed to prevent multiple voting for the same office, voting under a false name, using a false name. The only way to prevent voter fraud is to audit the votes. That s why businesses conduct independent audits. Even churches and charities are not immune to audits. The IRS routinely audits. Trust but verify.

  8. It’s great to have diversity of opinion in the Augusta Press.

    The one pervasive characteristic of liberal thought is a lack of common sense. No one in his right mind would construct a voting system that did not require Id. Mr. Meyers knows this.

    The other most pervasive characteristic of liberal thought is emotion instead of logic. Much of Mr. Meyers’ opinion is based in the belief that there is a conspiracy to deny minorities voting rights. There is nothing in this legislation that targets minority voters, unless they are thirstier than non-minorities.

    So, I challenge Mr Meyers to say how he would ensure election integrity without voter Id.

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