Even Partisan Republican Lindsey Graham Criticizes Georgia’s Voter Suppression Bill

On “Fox News Sunday” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham came out with a fiery rebuttal of Joe Biden’s accusations that the new voting law in Georgia was, “Sick.” President Biden has also referred to the law as the “new Jim Crow.”

While Graham was ready to attack Biden for playing “the race card” and claiming that House Bill HR. 1 is really the sick one, he was caught off guard with a single question from host Chris Wallace, who asked “Senator, why on earth if Americans are willing to wait for hours to vote, why would you make it a crime to come and give them a bottle of water?”

Graham stumbled as he said, “Well, we, uh, all I can say is that that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.” Admitting, “I’ll agree with you there.” However, after that brief moment, he reverted to recent conservative talking points, “But in Georgia, you had an explosion of mail-in balloting…”

Wallace’s question was absolutely a reasonable concern, considering the wording of the law itself. According to Section 33 of SB202 known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021: “No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector…”

That is not the only concerning piece of the law, with it limiting voting times, the number of drop boxes available, and even directly interfering in how local elections are run.

The Republican-run legislature of Florida is also considering a law that would make it illegal to provide food or water to anyone waiting to vote. President Biden has called these measures “punitive” in nature. At least 43 states are considering changes to their laws that would affect tens of millions of voters.

In a recent Big Easy Magazine article, we went into more details about the Georgia law and asked the question of whether these same kinds of changes could happen in Louisiana.

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