Who Hates Voters? AP Describes GOP Georgia Voter ID Invoice as ‘Restrictive Voting Measures’




“Georgia senators pass bill to require ID for absentee voting.”

So how does the Related Press really feel about that? Within the previous days when AP tried to keep up a dry neutrality in its reporting, that might have been a tricky query to reply. Nevertheless, lately, with their coverage of editorializing proper of their tales, AP slams its readers within the head with their viewpoint sledgehammer.

Such was the case on Tuesday when AP writers Jeff Amy and Ben Nadler editorialized within the very first sentence of their story:

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate on Tuesday pushed by way of the primary batch of what might be a raft of restrictive voting measures Republican lawmakers say will safeguard voting however Democrats decry as based mostly on a lie and geared toward overturning their occasion’s latest electoral success in Georgia.

“Restrictive voting measures.” After all, AP may have simply as simply described the invoice as a “poll integrity” effort. However understanding the place AP is coming from, that will not be an possibility. It has to have the aura off “voter suppression.” They’ve to color the Republicans as a dying occasion attempting to hold on to relevance by “limiting” the appropriate facet of historical past, and the Democrats because the occasion that is pro-voter, pro-democracy. Voter fraud? Does not exist. 

Once you learn the story, it sounds somewhat cheap since it’s simply making use of the identical requirements to absentee poll functions as is at present utilized to in-person voting:

Crucial measure handed was Senate Invoice 67, which carried on a largely party-line 35-18 vote. It will require {that a} voter embrace their driver’s license quantity, different state identification quantity or a photocopy of an authorised ID when making use of for an absentee poll. That will substitute the present technique of signature verification, one of many key parts former President Donald Trump and others attacked following Trump’s November loss in Georgia.

Supporters mentioned anybody who votes in individual in Georgia has to point out identification, and that absentee voters ought to do the identical. Walker mentioned submitting an identification would work for 97% of voters and mentioned the opposite 3% may vote in individual, saying he wished to get county elections “out of the center” of verifying signatures.

Even the liberal Atlanta-Journal Structure conceded that such a invoice is well-liked with Georgia voters:

Almost three-quarters of Georgia voters mentioned they help proposals requiring photograph ID or different documentation to solid an absentee poll, in keeping with a ballot performed in January for The Atlanta Journal-Structure.

Voters additionally discover requiring photograph ID cheap at common voting, too. However that is one difficulty the place reporters do not care about what the polls say.