Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appeared on an exclusive interview with Fox News to discuss the new Georgia Voting law.
He defended the new law by reiterating that it has “commonsense” safeguards for Georgia elections and maintaining that it is not “racist,” while urging the president, and other critics to stop “playing political games.”
Using pejorative terms like Jim Crow—there is nothing in this bill like Jim Crow at all,’ Brad Raffensperger said according to Fox News.
EXCLUSIVE:@GaSecofState defended GA's voting law amid criticism-including from #Biden, who has likened it to "Jim Crow on steroids"- by saying it has "commonsense" safeguards for elections, while urging the president to stop "playing political games." https://t.co/RzaVolOjmS
— Brooke Singman (@BrookeSingman) April 29, 2021
He defends it now….
Hmmm….reelection on horizon!
Georgia secretary of state defends election law, urges Biden to stop 'playing political games'https://t.co/07V6p8htAE
— seaside folley 🇮🇱🏴☠️🇺🇸⛵🏝🏌️♂️ (@dwbnseaside) April 29, 2021
Fox News had all the details, and had this to say:
During an exclusive interview with Fox News, Raffensperger defended the legislation, saying it has “commonsense safeguards for Georgia elections.”
“Unfortunately, that Jim Crow lie is dangerous for election confidence,” Raffensperger said.
“Going back and using pejorative terms like Jim Crow—there is nothing in this bill like Jim Crow at all,” Raffensperger said.
After the legislation became law, MLB pulled its annual All-Star Game from Atlanta and moved it to Denver.
Before MLB’s decision, the president told ESPN that he would “strongly support” MLB players pushing to relocate the All-Star Game in response to the law, which he called “Jim Crow on steroids.”
“He is playing political games,” Raffensperger said of the president, also pointing to Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who he said put out a fundraising email on the law.
“What he said was 180 degrees different than what is actually in the law,” Raffensperger said of Warnock. “That’s just playing politics to hit that emotional hook, to get someone to send you a few dollars so that it really gins up your base.”
The new law requires voter ID for absentee voting rather than relying on signature matching for verification, limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county or one per 100,000 voters, expanded early voting days, and standardized early voting hours to a minimum of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a maximum of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The legislation also barred outside groups from passing out food and water to those in line, which Republicans say can be used as a method to illegally influence people waiting to vote.
The law also handed more election authority to the GOP-controlled state legislature. It states that the General Assembly is to select the chair of the state elections board, rather than the board being chaired by the Georgia secretary of state. It also shortens runoffs from nine weeks to four.
The state election board can also now investigate county election boards and has the power to suspend county election superintendents – though the board can only suspend four at a time.
“It is not a racist bill—having a driver’s license number is supported by two-thirds of all Georgians—African Americans support it, caucasians support it, Democrats support it, and Republicans,” Raffensperger said.
“We have used photo ID for over 12 years now, everyone accepts it, everyone has an ID to, you know, jump on a plane, people have it all the time.”
He added: “So to believe that people don’t like having photo ID is just erroneous, it is a red herring, it is not based on facts.”
But Biden has been critical of Georgia and its new election legislation, which he and other critics have said will make it more difficult for minorities to cast their ballots.
After his role in endorsing highly disputed Georgian Election results, could this be Raffensperger’s redemption arc?
Or a ploy to gain re-election?
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