I have receipts. Republicans were arguing there was no need to IDs to vote absentee on the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (@AJC) on August 2, 2005https://t.co/qsD4kbqXnq pic.twitter.com/uYkECYPgtm— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 27, 2021
Jennifer Ruben: It was a blunder, a gratuitous act that revealed not only their animus toward democracy but their lack of simple human decency. The Georgia bill threw in a provision to ban anyone from giving water or snacks to people standing in line to vote. It was a political error born of Republicans’ own arrogance and inhumanity. And it may cost them greatly in the battle over voting rights. President Biden declared, “It’s sick. It’s sick. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break.”
The water provision is mean-spirited and blatantly punitive, instantly recognizable as a Jim Crow tactic designed to make people miserable. In the effort to show the law has nothing to do with voting security, Exhibit A may be the water provision.