GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Gwinnett County’s attorney general’s office incriminates one of the most controversial parts of Georgia’s new electoral law – and pledges not to prosecute violations.
In a statement released Monday, the office challenged part of Georgia Senate Bill 202, signed late last month in Georgia, making it a crime to keep water within 150 feet of the outer edge of the polling station or within 25 feet cast feet of every voter in line.
In response to this particular part of the new law, the office issued an operational statement that reads as follows:
“The Gwinnett County Law Firm will not prosecute anyone arrested for distributing impartial beverages and / or food to voters in long line on election day in Gwinnett County, as there is no sound legal basis for this law . “
The answer is in direct response to the section of the law which reads, “No one may solicit votes in any way or in any way or by any method … or participate in the giving of money or gifts, including but not limited to Food and drink to an elector. ”
The only other state that prohibits the delivery of any form of food and drink during an election is Montana, especially if it is a candidate, political party staff, or volunteer, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Experts believe that Georgian law even prevents friends and family members from offering employees snacks or drinks – and only allow election workers to do so. Violation of this law can now be punished with up to a year imprisonment and a fine of $ 1,000 – at least in cases where it is enforced.