GOP Politicians & Pundits Lie About Colorado's Voting Laws In Attempt To Embarrass MLB
Last week, the MLB announced it was moving its all-star game out of Georgia in response to the state's restrictive new electoral law and moving it to a far more voter-friendly Colorado.
The bill was passed by the Republican-dominated Georgian legislature and incorporated into law by Governor Brian Kemp (R) late last month. Now the GOP machine is scrambling to defend the action that started the move - and their mouthpieces have chosen to lie loudly and repeatedly about the Colorado electoral system.
On Tuesday, Republican politicians and Conservative politicians claimed that electoral laws in Colorado and Georgia are actually quite similar. Fox News went further and suggested that Colorado laws might actually be more restrictive. Even the slightest amount of research debunks these claims as clearly false.
The basis of the argument here is that if Colorado's laws are as bad as Georgia’s laws are now - they are not - Georgia should not be punished for its Republican-backed election restrictions. Republican lawmakers argue that the real enemy is the MLB for giving in to what Kemp lazily dismissed as "the lies of the" lively "mob".
But when it comes to electoral law, Colorado and Georgia aren't even in the same stadium.
"Colorado's electoral model works," Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold told HuffPost in an email, citing the state's consistently high voter turnout as evidence.
“We send ballots to all voters, have early voting and voter registration on the same day. Voters can easily vote in our elections, which are also the safest in the nation. Accessibility and security of elections can go hand in hand. "
Here is an overview of some of the big differences between the two states' electoral laws:
Colorado has universal mail-in voting, which means that every registered voter receives a voting slip in the mail two to three weeks before each election. Once completed, the voting slip can be returned or dropped off at one of the 368 drop boxes, which are accessible and monitored around the clock. In 2020 there was roughly one Dropbox per 9,400 voters, and 94% of Coloradans voted that way.
In Georgia, postal ballot papers are only delivered to voters who apply for one. Under the new law, it is illegal for election officials to send postal ballot applications to voters unless they specifically request it. Georgians who receive a postal vote will have a harder time casting it: The new law limits dropboxes to one per 100,000 active registered voters per county and is only accessible during business hours. (In 2020 there were 94 drop boxes in the core metropolis of Atlanta. The new law reduces these to a maximum of 23 boxes, according to an analysis by the New York Times.)
In yesterday's Fox News coverage of the matter, this very large, critical difference was repeatedly omitted. One story - topped with a grossly misleading headline - suggested that Colorado's rules might indeed be “more restrictive” than Georgia’s.
Both states require voters to prove who they are. But Colorado makes it a lot easier.
In Colorado, those who make up the 6% of voters who personally vote in the polls can use any of 16 different types of identification, ranging from driver's licenses and passports to current utility bills to valid Medicare cards. People voting by post for the first time must also provide identification. This requirement does not apply to subsequent mail-in voting slips, which are verified by signature.
Georgian voters are required to provide photo ID when voting in person. Those who cast a postal vote are now also required to present ID that has been signed in the past, although this does not necessarily have to be a photo ID.
Sean Spicer, former President Donald Trump's first press secretary, tweeted a screenshot of six of the 16 acceptable forms of identification in Colorado - and presented them as an entire list:
Colorado offers 15 personal primary days compared to 17 days in Georgia. However, since 94% of the Coloradans vote by mail, this is a contentious point.
A breakdown of the numbers according to The Colorado Sun shows that 198,645 Coloradans personally voted in 15 days, compared with more than 2.7 million Georgians in a slightly longer period.
Long lines for access to polling stations, such as those found across Georgia, are almost unheard of in Colorado.
Kemp made an apple-to-apple comparison of the two states' early voting periods, neglecting Colorado's universal voting-by-mail system. And the governor of Georgia got bonus points for accusing "culture breakout" of ignoring the facts - while deliberately ignoring the facts himself:
Trump urges the Georgian foreign minister to find voices in taped phone calls
Georgia officials open investigation into Trump's efforts to reverse election results
MLB will reschedule all-star play from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s electoral laws
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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