Major League Baseball and Major League clubs are igniting the state of Georgia. The All-Star baseball game, originally scheduled for Atlanta’s Truist Park in July, is picking up bats, balls, and gloves and heading somewhere else, depriving the stadium of more than 43,000 fans and all the money they carry.
This, of course, is due to Georgia Election Integrity Act, a 98-page, nearly 2,500-line piece of legislation signed by Governor Brian Kemp a week ago Friday behind closed doors in the presence of none other than six older white boys and a painting by Calloway Plantation. None of the more than 100 people enslaved by the Calloways are depicted in the painting. In addition to the MLB, Georgia-based companies Coca Cola and Delta Airlines have harshly criticized what they saw as terrible the suppression of voters by the Republican majority legislature.
Coca Cola and Delta are not left alone. The following large corporations have issued condemnation statements: Merck, North American operations of Porsche, headquartered in Georgia, UPS headquartered in Georgia, Mercedes-Benz, president of Microsoft Brad Smith, president and CEO of Bank of America Brian Moynihan, CEO of Cisco Chuck Robbins, Georgia-based Home Depot, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, American Express, Facebook and Viacom CBS.
Texas, some states west of Georgia, appear poised to pass similar legislation, prompting American Airlines and Dell, both based there, to issue similar and strongly worded reprimands before any legislation is passed and enacted. Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he will sign the legislation when, not if, it reaches his desk. and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, the powerful Senate leader, slamming corporate criticism, said, “Texans are fed up with corporations that don’t share our values trying to dictate public policy.”
As of March 24, lawmakers introduced 361 bills with restrictive provisions in 47 states, according to Brennan Center for Justice, which tracks voting legislation across the country. Arizona alone has 23 in the hopper.
It appears that irresistible force is about to meet immovable target as American corporations issue a resounding accusation against what they see as treacherous attempts by the red states to curtail voting rights. What caused this immediate and strong opposition? MLB traditionally takes a long time to decide anything, let alone a voting law.
I say it has everything to do with water.
More than half of the Georgia Election Integrity Act covers absenteeism and early voting. Reading those parts is like trying to negotiate the labyrinth without the ball of Theseus. However, there is an immediately understandable sentence found on page 73, a section of which reads:
No one can … offer to give … money or gifts, including but not limited to food and drink, to a voter … within 25 feet of any voter in line to vote in any polling station.
Violation of this section is a crime, albeit a felony.
The state of Georgia holds primary elections during or close to summer. Summer is hot in Georgia, and the state is the seventh wettest in the country. Voting lines can be long in Georgia and will now be due to the new law reducing polling stations and restricting mailboxes to one per county or one per 100,000 people, whichever is smaller. People who stand in long lines in the summer heat will be thirsty. They may not have brought water with them. The urge to give a thirsty person a drink in a long line in the Georgia heat is something very human, very Christian. What is neither human nor Christian is to do so by placing the drink on a 26-foot pole.
This is the one thing that has caught the immediate attention of America, one person in particular: the president of the United States, who, during her first press conference, called her “sick.” Nielson reports 32 million people saw it live.
Biden calling the provisions regarding postal voting or early voting would leave many to say, “Well, that’s a matter of opinion. He is a Democrat, so obviously he will criticize a new law written by the Republicans. “
But there is no “question of opinion” about water. It’s a black and white thing (the whole law is, but this part is special). If Georgia’s Republican lawmakers had said to the genius who invented it, “Now, wait, son, we can get what we want without this,” it would have been a lot harder to get corporate America to stand up to it. .
Republicans in Georgia, especially Governor Kemp, are not holding back. No, they are doubling. But now they have set something in motion that will be difficult to stop. And former friends in high places take sides against them. In the long run, the Georgia Election Integrity Act may prove to be the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party in Georgia – and beyond.
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