NewsTrue or False? Georgia Law Bans Water From Voters

True or False? Georgia Law Bans Water From Voters

Who’s telling the truth here?

President Joe Biden received massive criticism from conservative leaders and analysts on social media for claiming he was repeating lies about Georgia’s election law. 

During his speech to Morehouse College graduates in Atlanta on May 18, Biden claimed voters aren’t allowed to have water while waiting in line to vote. “Today in Georgia, they won’t allow water to be available to you while you wait in line to vote in an election,” Biden said.

“What in the hell is that all about?”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger spotted his comments and chimed in on Twitter, stating that they were not true.

— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) May 20, 2024

Senior legal fellow of the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, Zack Smith, called the claim “a factually false statement.” “It’s obviously a factually false statement,” Smith said. “Every state bans electioneering near polling places. Prohibiting giving money and gifts to potential voters – as Georgia election law does – to prevent unduly influencing them as they wait to vote is a good and reasonable policy.”

He continued to state, “Of course, nothing in the law prohibits poll workers from providing water to voters, and nothing prohibits voters themselves from bringing snacks and water to eat and drink as they wait to vote.”

Yet, the executive director of Honest Elections Project, Jason Snead, accused the President of running a continuous smear campaign against the state of Georgia.

“There is no excuse for continuing to spread these lies ahead of a high-stakes election.” 

After Kemp implemented the law, Sen. Jon Ossoff countered by proposing a bill in the same year prohibiting states from banning volunteers from distributing food and water to voters in line to vote.

Source: Black Enterprise

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