April 21, 2021

Tarantella Berlin

Specialists in law

Georgia’s voting laws less restrictive than NY’s

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Saturday that New York would be a much better host city for the July 13 All-Star Game after Major League Baseball yanked it out of Atlanta to protest Georgia’s new voting law.

“Georgia Republicans should be ashamed” of their work, Schumer tweeted, while New York is “working to make it easier, not harder, to vote.”

Problem is, the Empire State still makes it harder to vote than does the state that’s drawing the boycotts. New York offers eight fewer days of early voting and requires a valid excuse to vote absentee.

Yes, Georgia will now ask for a valid ID to vote absentee, but lets you out of the requirement if you attest that you don’t have one.

New York even has a ban similar to Georgia’s new prohibition on the distribution of food and drink in voting lines that President Joe Biden labeled “Jim Crow in the 21st century”: In both cases, it’s an effort to prevent electioneering.

Those “mobile ballot drop-off” vans that Georgia just restricted? New York doesn’t allow them at all.

And this doesn’t even consider all the ways New York empowers Democratic Party machines to engineer elections so that insiders routinely make the real decisions on who holds office.

But none of the noise over Georgia is really about standards for free and fair elections. Even MLB’s move is just a cowardly effort to pander — otherwise, why did it just sign a deal to vastly expand its presence in China, which has no democratic elections at all?

Heck, MLB would be showing what it really stands for if it just moved the All-Star Game to Beijing.