Stickers for voters after they vote sit on a table at a polling station in Cobb County on January 5, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Megan Varner / Getty Images)
He admits it’s a political stunt, but it’s a pretty good one.
In response to Major League Baseball pulling the all-star game out of Atlanta to protest electoral repression in Georgia, State Representative Wes Cantrell posted on Facebook that he was in the Georgian legislature named after Joe Biden Introducing a new voter suppression law would further reform Georgia’s electoral laws to align them with electoral laws in Biden’s home state of Delaware.
What would mean – and I’m just quoting from his Facebook post:
Instead of voting up to 19 days early under current Georgian law, there are ZERO days of early voting, just like with Delaware!
Instead of having an excuse absentee ballot in Georgia, you must either be sick or disabled to vote absent, just like DELAWARE!
Instead of having lots of secure dropboxes in Georgia, there won’t be any dropboxes like DELAWARE!
And finally, what Cantrell said is “the worst trait of all”:
“Instead of being able to vote relatively calmly in Georgia, your name will be announced aloud (and your party affiliation during a primary) so that your vote can be challenged by anyone in the district, just like DELAWARE!”
He doesn’t do it. The rule is, if you vote in person in Delaware, the polling officer will say your name out loud so anyone within earshot can contest your right to vote.
It turns out that all of the attention on Georgia was hiding the fact that other states ARE WORSE.
So – your move, Delaware. Of course it’s just a joke, Delaware doesn’t have to do anything. It was the first time the constitution was signed, so no one tells Delaware what to do.
But wouldn’t it be fun if Delaware called his bluff? What if Delaware changed its laws to make voting easier? MLB should pretty much be playing next year’s all-star game in Wilmington. And then other states would understand the hint until each state in turn eases the voting and each state has an all-star game!
And what could be more American than that.
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