After Main League Baseball introduced just lately that it could transfer the All-Star Sport from Atlanta to Denver in protest of recent voting restrictions in Georgia, quite a few distinguished Republicans accused it of hypocrisy.
“Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting, together with two optionally available Sundays; Colorado has 15,” Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia instructed Fox Information. “So what I’m being instructed, in addition they have a photograph ID requirement. So it doesn’t make an entire lot of sense to me.”
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina made an identical argument in a extensively circulated submit on Twitter.
However whereas the 15-day and 17-day numbers are correct, the general comparability isn’t. Listed here are 4 key variations between Colorado’s and Georgia’s methods.
In Colorado, each registered voter receives a mail poll by default.
In Georgia, individuals who need to vote by mail should apply, and the brand new legislation greater than halves the time they’ve to do this: Beforehand, they may apply as a lot as 180 days earlier than an election, however now not more than 78 days earlier than. Georgia additionally forbids officers to ship voters an absentee poll software except they request it.
In Colorado, eligible voters can register anytime, together with on Election Day.
In Georgia, the deadline to register to vote is a month earlier than Election Day, and below the brand new legislation, the identical deadline applies to any runoff — which means if a Georgian isn’t registered by the deadline for the primary election, they can not subsequently register to vote within the runoff.
In Colorado, solely newly registered voters have to supply identification with their mail-in poll; for subsequent elections, all that’s required is their signature. And opposite to Mr. Kemp’s assertion, there isn’t a picture requirement: Voters can use a start certificates, a naturalization doc, a Medicare or Medicaid card, a utility invoice, a financial institution assertion, a paycheck or one other authorities doc that exhibits their title and deal with.
In Georgia, solely picture identification is suitable for normal mail-in ballots, and it must be one in all six particular sorts. The requirement will apply to everybody who votes by mail, not simply to newly registered voters as in Colorado.
In Colorado, there have been 368 poll drop bins final 12 months throughout the state’s 64 counties, not simply in authorities buildings but additionally at colleges, parks, libraries, companies and extra. Bins have been open 24 hours a day.
In Georgia, the brand new legislation requires at the least one drop field in every of the 159 counties. (Mr. Kemp and different officers notice that earlier than the pandemic, Georgia didn’t have drop bins in any respect.) The bins shall be solely at registrars’ and absentee poll clerks’ places of work or inside early-voting websites, and open throughout restricted hours.
In 2020, Colorado had the second-highest turnout fee within the nation: 76.4 p.c of eligible voters, behind solely Minnesota, in accordance with knowledge compiled by america Elections Mission. Georgia was twenty sixth, with a turnout fee of 67.7 p.c of eligible voters.