Saturday, March 27, 2021


Ari Fleischer -- the former George W. Bush spokesman who went on to become a Trumpist hack -- defended Georgia's new voting law this morning by posting this on Twitter:

He's lying. You can download the text of the law here. The revelevant portion is as follows:
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, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any petition, nor shall any person, other than election officials discharging their duties, establish or set up any table or booths on any day in which ballots are being cast:

(1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is established;

(2) Within any polling place; or

(3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.
The underlined passage above is underlined in the original bill; that's what's new. The restriction on political activity near voters is reasonable -- it's the new restriction on handing out food and water that isn't. (I'd have no objection to a bill saying you can't hand out food or water bearing the name of a candidate or party or preferred choice on a referendum, e.g., "No on #3." I'd be fine with saying that people handing out food and water can't wear or carry anything ID'ing them as advocates for a candidate, party, or cause. But not letting people hand out water or food at all is barbaric.)

Fleischer is lying because he doesn't mention the passage I've highlighted in bold. (It's not in bold in the original law.) Sure, you can hand out food or water if you're at least 150 feet from the polling place -- but you can't hand it out within 25 feet of someone waiting to vote.

So Ari Fleischer is lying to his 410,000 Twitter followers -- or he's simply misinformed. Draw your own conclusion about which of these is correct.

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