Voter ID is not voter suppression



Tanner Richards discusses the controversial new voter ID law in Georgia.

TANNER RICHARDS, Opinion Columnist

It is no question that election laws are on the thoughts of everyone’s minds, and in Georgia, they passed a new election law that prevents voter fraud from becoming more common to occur. This law requires a proof of identity when you are voting. Unfortunately some of our leaders on the left want to push a ridiculous lie that election integrity is, yes, you guessed it, racist.

These myths they spread include the notion that you won’t be allowed to be handed water while waiting in line to vote; the fact is that what is written in the law contradicts that ridiculous claim.
In the law it reads, “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.” 

It goes on to say, “This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer from distributing… or from 1828 making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in 1829 line to vote.”

One of the biggest myths being pushed is that the new election law promotes “voter suppression.” The fact is that Democrats have been pushing this claim in 2016, 2018 and 2020, but there is no evidence to back the claim that voter suppression exists. Requiring an ID to vote is not “voter suppression;” we need an ID to purchase alcohol, firearms, rent a car, rent a hotel room, etc.

So why is requiring one to vote suddenly a bad thing? Voter identification laws are not uncommon. In fact, they are practiced in 35 states in which Iowa is included. The only thing that changes the law is that proof of identification will be required to request and return absentee ballots.

Our own president has even claimed that this new law will end voting hours early. The claim was so outrageous that the Washington Post, of all people, fact checked this claim. The new voting law still permits voting places to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; as long as you are still in line by 7 p.m. you will still vote.

What made matters worse was that corporations cave into the media’s narrative and the MLB just recently pulled having the All-Star Game and draft in Atlanta over the new election law. Even the Hollywood elites have some colorful things to say about boycotting Georgia. At the end of the day, election security is one of the biggest things to worry about in America, and the elected officials in Georgia should not back down.

Members of Congress want to stop at nothing until they lower the voting age to 16 and get radical bills like HR 1 to pass. That bill will make election irregularities benefit them in the future in order to gain a one-party government.