Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) signed an executive order on Wednesday to circumvent Georgia’s new voter integrity law. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed The Election Integrity Act of 2021 in March to reduce election fraud.
Kemp’s bill has been blasted by Democrats, including President Joe Biden, who outrageously called it Jim Crow 2.0. Jim Crow laws were restrictions that legalized racial segregation and disenfranchised poor voters after the Civil War.
The governor has declared, “Ensuring the integrity of the ballot box isn’t partisan, it’s about protecting the very foundation of who we are as Georgians and Americans.” There is nothing controversial about the new voting law, unless you don’t want to require photo ID to verify those who vote in elections. The law includes no statement regarding racism.
Mayor Bottoms disagrees. Her statement noted, ““The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately impact Atlanta residents—particularly in communities of color and other minority groups.” Her executive order declares the city’s non-emergency services department will work with the mayor’s office to:
-Train staffers on voter registration related to early, absentee and in-person voting.
-Inform residents about how to obtain a valid form of identification for absentee voting.
-Place QR codes with links to voter registration and absentee voting information on official mailings, like water bills.
-Develop public service announcements that adequately articulate the new voting deadlines, timelines and requirements.
The humorous part about these directives is that none of them disagree with Kemp’s recently-signed bill.
But don’t tell the left. They need something else to rage about.
Even Major League Baseball (MLB) has fallen for the left’s false narrative about the new voting law. The league decided last week to move the 2021 All-Star Game and Draft from Georgia. The game will now be played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
Maybe Democrats don’t realize it, but the new location of the game will be played in a stadium named after a co-founder of the Conservative Heritage Institute. Colorado also has tighter early voting access than Georgia and requires a photo ID for voting. Denver also has a larger white population by percentage than Atlanta. The new woke move could hardly be more anti-woke.
The Atlanta mayor may play the race card in her latest effort, but racism is hardly the concern. She serves as a Black mayor in one of America’s largest cities. Atlanta is a majority-Black city, with 51 percent of its population listed as Black or African American in the latest census information for the city.
Kemp is instead seeking to stop events like what happened in Fulton County, Georgia in the 2020 election. The county included slow reporting and numerous irregularities, including the infamous SuitcaseGate case video revealing boxes of ballots magically appearing from under tables for processing during the early morning hours after the election.
Democrats know that when the laws are tightened, it makes their shenanigans more difficult in future elections. The 2020 election was already a narrow victory in Georgia and highly controversial. The latest law hopes to reduce the controversies and help Americans make certain every vote is accurately counted.