Major League Baseball has a problem with Georgia’s legislation that requires voters to present valid identification in order to be eligible to vote. The MLB has called it a violation of “fair access to voting,” legislation that is similar in many other states.
You need identification to board a plane, pick up a prescription or UPS package, or check into a hotel. “ID requirements are no more racist at the ballot box than on a Delta flight.” As Kimberley Strassel reminds readers at the WSJ, some 36 states have voter ID requirements, which have been upheld by the Supreme Court.
It isn’t Jim Crow to codify the use of the ad hoc drop boxes that sprung up last year. It isn’t voter suppression to reaffirm that activists aren’t allowed to approach voters in line, especially to solicit votes with gifts (contrary to urban legend, the Georgia law allows poll workers to provide water). The Georgia law expands voting, adding early voting on more weekends and providing additional equipment and poll workers in larger precincts.
Enlisting corporate America to help peddle a patently false narrative is Democrats’ biggest success by far, warns Ms. Strassel.
The left spent last year using litigation and political pressure to alter and weaken election standards across the country. Democratic lawmakers and the Biden administration moved swiftly to cement this effort with a federal takeover of state election law, the bill known as H.R.1.
Corporate America is now throwing its lot in with one of the most partisan, brass-knuckle, dishonest campaigns in recent political history. It will be a long time mending fences with Republicans—if that’s even possible.
Here’s what Georgia’s election laws do:
- Expand weekend voting.
- Make mail-in drop boxes permanent.
- Require voter ID, which Georgia provides free.
- Expand the window for absentee ballots.
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