During a panel on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Christie said Biden has “broken his own rule” about stating the truth. The Republican, who briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 cycle, said Biden is “lying to the American people” about what the law that conservatives have touted the measure as policy that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat.
“He’s lying about this bill, he’s lying to the American people about it, to cause the raging fire he said he was going to put out. I’m very disappointed,” the former governor told host George Stephanopoulos.
As the backlash to Georgia’s restrictive voting law intensified last week with big corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola criticizing the law and Major League Baseball announcing it was moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the politics of threats and counter threats became so fierce that it was difficult to determine whether the corporate moves were having their intended effect.
The newfound alliance of corporations and Democrats fighting to protectaccess to the vote sent a first warning shot to Republican-controlled legislatures around the country that there may be real economic consequences if they continue to pursue restrictive voting legislation under the false pretense of rooting out widespread voter fraud, which simply did not exist in the 2020 election despite former President Donald Trump’s efforts to gaslight the American people.
State by state and on Capitol Hill, the war in the U.S. over voting rights versus voter suppression is heating up.
On the side of voting rights: Congressional Democrats, Democratic President Joe Biden, 83% of the public—including 74% of Republicans—according to a recent poll, and a coalition of 190 labor, progressive, civil rights, religious, women’s, gay, green and other groups, who plan to take to the streets and lobby their lawmakers while Congress is in recess during the week of April 5-9.
As Senate Democrats push to extend federal protection of voting rights, bills to restrict citizens’ access to the vote — many based on models produced by the conservative Heritage Foundation — have been introduced in 43 states. On Thursday, Georgia enacted a law that limits voters’ options and makes it easier for the state legislature to interfere with election results.
The current absence of strong federal protection for voting rights resembles the United States before the Civil War and reminds us of why Americans changed the Constitution to protect individual rights during Reconstruction.
So far, at least 8 cases involving multiple instances of alleged voter fraud in 2020 and other recent elections have been brought in Georgia, New Jersey, Texas, Pennsylvania, Northern California and Mississippi.
Five people in Wheaton, Illinois were recently charged with multiple crimes involving election fraud during the 2020 general election.]
Criminally underserved and unheard by the public, the homeless population in the United States is one of the most marginalized groups in recent history. People experiencing homelessness lack access to basic care and resources meant to be universal human rights, and because of the inaccessible nature of voter registration, they are unable to do anything about it.
Even in Rhode Island, one of the only states to enact a Homeless Bill of Rights, there is a lack of information and accessibility regarding voter identification requirements and resources.
For the first time in nearly three decades, the state of Georgia voted to put a Democrat in the White House. Then it added two U.S. senators from the Democratic Party. And one person central to turning Georgia blue is the voting rights activist and former state legislator Stacey Abrams.
Abrams tells All Things Considered that the Democratic swing was “extraordinary,” but “not wholly surprising,” adding that the “numbers had been moving in our favor” in recent years.
The Georgia State Election Board voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with an investigation of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) for his role serving as board chairman of a voter registration organization founded by Stacey Abrams that election officials say failed to follow deadlines, in what appears to be the latest legal step in the ongoing feud between the progressive Abrams and the state’s Republican election officials.
In the early hours of Nov. 5, a surge of some 20,000 mail-in votes suddenly appeared for Joe Biden, while approximately 1,000 votes for President Trump mysteriously disappeared from his own totals in the critical swing state, where Biden holds a razor-thin lead.
A poll watcher noticed the suspicious shift in votes while monitoring the interim election results on the Georgia secretary of state website.
Americans should have options to vote in a secure and accessible way. One possibility many have raised is making Election Day a national federal holiday. While giving Americans a day devoted to voting is a good idea, it must also be coupled with other election reforms to make sure no one is left out of the political process.
The fact that we hold elections on Tuesdays, when many people are at work or in school, is a problem for too many voters. A 2017 Pew study found that nearly 16% of registered voters who did not vote in the 2016 election reported that they did not cast a ballot because of being too busy, a conflicting schedule, or inconvenient hours or polling places.