Georgia Governor Suggests Voters Waiting In Long Lines Order Uber Eats
Georgia governor Brian Kemp said Tuesday voters in Georgia could order groceries from Grubhub or UberEats after a new state law criminalized offerings of free food and water near polling stations.
"You can order a pizza," Kemp said on the conservative cable news network Newsmax. "You can order Grubhub or UberEats, right?"
A new law in the state, pushed by Republicans who reiterated former President Donald Trump's false claims about widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 elections, is sweeping Georgia’s electoral rules. One of the provisions of the law is a rule that prohibits anyone other than polling officers from offering food or water to voters within 150 feet of a polling station.
This provision, which makes it an offense to distribute food or water, has become a symbol of democratic complaints about the broader provisions of the law that make it more difficult to vote absent. limit access to voting in democratic learning urban and suburban districts and encourage it in rural areas that favor the GOP; and give Republican politicians extensive power over state elections.
Long voting times are common in Metro Atlanta, the center of democratic power in the state. Due to the rapidly growing and diversifying population, the number of voters assigned to some polling stations has doubled since the beginning of the last decade. In the interview, Kemp blamed the district governments - many of which are Democratic-led - for these long lines.
"They have to do their elections better and move people through the ranks so they don't stand out there for so long," said Kemp.
Long lines can put voters off. A study by the Bipartisan Policy Center found that more than half a million eligible voters failed to vote in 2016 due to long lines and other mistakes in polling station management. And once faced with long lines, you can prevent voters from casting their votes again in the future.
Democrats up to and including President Joe Biden have attacked the law as a return to the Jim Crow regulations that successfully restricted black Americans' participation in southern politics for nearly a century. Big Georgia corporations, including Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, condemned the law, and Major League Baseball announced last week that it was moving the league's all-star game to Denver. (Colorado, which sends a ballot to every registered voter in the state, has some of the most voter-friendly voting laws in the country.)
Kemp said Major League Baseball and other companies "gave in to the mob".
Kemp is up for re-election in 2022. Former Senator Vernon Jones, a party-switched Democrat who advocated Trump 2020, is considering challenging him in the GOP primary. Former State House minority leader Stacey Abrams, who narrowly beat Kemp in 2018, is expected to be the Democratic nominee.
After Kemp's narrow victory in 2018, the Democrats broke through in 2020. Biden narrowly won the state on election day, then Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock claimed both seats in the Senate in two runoff elections in January.
During the runoff elections, Trump repeatedly attacked Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for failing to undo Biden's narrow victory. Trump has already supported Rep. Jody Hice as Raffensperger's primary challenger, suggesting that he will also support an intra-party challenge for Kemp.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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