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Georgia Bans Handing Out Water to Voters Waiting in Line, Because 'Election Integrity'

Plus: New York moves closer to legal weed, Parler pushes back on extremism claims, and more...

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Republicans rush through a ream of voting restrictions in Georgia. A new law that Georgia's GOP is peddling as an "election integrity" measure contains a host of problematic provisions, including a ban on handing out water or food to people waiting in line to vote and a ban on taking pictures of completed ballots (even your own).

Under the new law, "it shall be illegal for any person to…photograph or record a voted ballot." Anyone who does so will be guilty of a misdemeanor crime.

An exception is made for the Georgia secretary of state, who will actually be required to digitize and publicize images of paper ballots. The new law creates "a pilot program for the posting of digital images of the scanned paper ballots created by the voting system." These scanned images "shall be public records subject to disclosure."

Those are just two of many questionable new rules for Georgia contained in the bill's 96 pages. Another provision stipulates that no person shall "give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink" to anyone within a polling place, within 150 feet of a building where voting takes place, or "within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place." (Self-service water stations are OK.)

Republicans are calling it the Election Integrity Act of 2021.

Opponents, meanwhile, have dubbed it the Voter Suppression Bill, owing to the range of new restrictions on voting that it lays out. The New Georgia Project, the Black Voters Matter Fund, and Rise Inc. have already filed a lawsuit against it.

Gov. Brian Kemp and other state Republicans say the new law is necessary to stop voter fraud. But to anyone whose brain hasn't been melted by partisan politics, it's a pretty transparent attempt to sway election results, or at least to play to voter fraud fears. Georgia—which President Joe Biden won in 2020—was the site of extensive Trump team bellyaching, investigation, and legal maneuvering, and yet attempts to uncover the fabled widespread voter fraud never panned out.

"The bill passed both chambers of the legislature in the span of a few hours before Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed it Thursday evening," notes CNN.

State Rep. Park Cannon (D–Atlanta), a lawmaker who knocked on Kemp's door during the signing of the bill, was arrested and escorted out of the building by state police.

"Cannon was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence and preventing or disrupting general assembly sessions," reports NPR. "The Georgia State Constitution states that lawmakers 'shall be free from arrest during sessions of the General Assembly' except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace."

Some of the most controversial earlier elements of the bill—restricting weekend voting hours, requiring an excuse to vote absentee—were nixed before passage. And not all of the measures contained in the massive new bill are controversial.

"Many of the measures in SB 202 will streamline the election administration process at the local level, such as allowing officials to process absentee ballots sooner, require them to count ballots nonstop once the polls close and allow flexibility with voting equipment for smaller, lower-turnout races," NPR points out. "Poll workers could serve in neighboring counties, after the pandemic saw a shortage of trained workers." And "precincts with more than 2,000 voters that have lines longer than an hour at three different points throughout the day have to add more machines, add more staff or split up the poll"

But mixed in with these are provisions that seem designed to restrict voting access, complicate the process, or make it easier for state officials to intervene. Some of these include:

  • Increasing voter ID requirements for people mailing in absentee ballots, who now have to submit identification details and a driver's license number or other forms of government-issued ID when requesting an absentee ballot as well as when submitting it. A vote may be rejected if any ID details don't match up between the request and the submission.
  • Cutting down on the number of absentee ballot boxes that can be used.
  • Limiting mobile voting stations to emergency use.
  • Requiring that absentee ballots be requested at least 11 days before the election (previously, they could be requested through the Friday before Election Day).
  • Requiring counties to publish the total number of votes cast and by what methods by 10 p.m. on election night.
  • Allowing the State Election Board to "suspend county or municipal superintendents and appoint an individual to serve as the temporary superintendent in a jurisdiction."
  • Allowing a Georgia voter to challenge the qualifications of an unlimited number of other voters in their county or municipality.

You can read the full thing here.


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Parler pushes back on claims of indulging Capitol rioters. Parler has been blamed for allegedly allowing "extremist" content in the lead-up to the January 6 Capitol riot. But the social network says it referred content to the FBI more than 50 times in the weeks leading up to the riot. From The Wall Street Journal:

Parler in December began alerting the bureau to content suggesting the possibility of violence at the Capitol as Congress met to confirm President Biden's victory, the company wrote in a letter to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating Parler and its role in the siege.

The social-media site referred a number of posts to law enforcement, including one on Dec. 24 from a user who called for an "armed force" of 150,000 people to "react to the congressional events of January 6," according to the letter, which included the post and communications with FBI officials among its exhibits and has been reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Parler said it forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Jan. 2 a series of posts from a user saying he would be wearing body armor to the pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6. "It's no longer a protest," Parler quoted the post as saying. "This is a final stand where we are drawing the red line at Capitol Hill. I trust the American people will take back the USA with force and many are ready to die to take back #USA."


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New York is finally close to easing rules on recreational marijuana. Reason's Scott Shackford reports:

At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that an agreement was close and that lawmakers were reviewing the final details. The bill may be ready to be voted on as early as next week. The text of the bill is not yet public, but some of the details have been making its way out to New York media outlets….

Cuomo had been circulating his own legalization proposal that would completely forbid New Yorkers from growing their own—even for medical purposes. The draft now circulating would let New Yorkers grow their own weed: six plants at a time for their own use, but only three of which could be matured. Households with more than one adult could grow a maximum of 12 plants. Municipalities would be barred from banning people from growing their own, but they could establish restrictions.

If that part of the bill stays intact, it will be improvement over New Jersey's recent legalization. New Jersey does not permit its citizens to grow their own marijuana. They have to purchase it from licensed dealers—who then, of course, have to direct a cut to the state via taxes.

New York's bill will reportedly let cities opt out of allowing retailers, but it will also allow citizens to overrule such bans via ballot initiatives. The law would also permit social consumption sites, cafés where you can enjoy a little weed if you're, say, a parent frustrated at the absurd corruption of your state's government and in need of a little relaxation but don't want marijuana in your house with the kids.

Licensed retail shops aren't scheduled to begin opening under the current proposal until December 2022. Marijuana products will be taxed at 9 percent, and then an additional 4 percent tax will apply.


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  1. We need more representatives arrested.

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    2. ” The White House is defending firing staff who admitted to ever using marijuana”

      Unless it’s the Vice President. She can choom gang her ass off if she wants.

      1. The only thing Kammy’s ever smoked is pole. If she was bullshitting about listening to Tupac, she was bullshitting about smoking reefer while doing it, too.

        1. Haha. This seems likely. Who would even want to smoke up around her? She’s been a buzzkill her whole life, I’m guessing.

          1. Well Willie Brown liked her company well enough to allow her to fellate him

            1. And people wonder where Gavin Threesome learned his philandering ways from

            2. She must have been good. Brown didn’t leave a couple of hundred bucks on the dresser, he gave her a Mercedes.

            3. Consensual sexual activity between adults; unlike donald j trump (& Jeffrey Epstein) raping a 13 year-old girl and over 20 more credible accusations of rape/sexual assault against trump (including trump’s first wife/consort Ivana).

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    5. Arresting: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Josh Hawley, and Rafael Eduardo (Ted) Cruz would be a good start on cleaning both House & Senate!

  2. including a ban on handing out water or food to people waiting in line to vote and a ban on taking pictures of completed ballots (even your own)…

    You could always just restrict your legislation to, I don’t know, voter identification.

    1. Racist and oppressive. Dying of thirst is better.

    2. The “you cannot hand out gifts to people in line” is transparently and explicitly a rule against bribing people. Literally buying votes. Making it a flat ban on any gifts of any form is the only way to avoid the nonsense workarounds that campaign finance law is known for.

      1. ^This.

        You can’t be outraged about bribing voters waiting in line, THEN be outraged about not being able to provide assistance to voters waiting in line.

        Unless you’re an editor at Reason of course.

        1. And yet unlimited campaign contributions, super pacs, dark money, etc. are all cool. So naked bribing of politicians is cool, but giving things to voters would corrupt the integrity of the system? I’m not seeing consistent reasoning being applied here.

          1. “So naked bribing of politicians is cool”

            Who said this?

            1. He thinks free speech is a bribe.

              1. I’m shocked, shocked!, that he didn’t answer.

                1. You think I wait around all day hoping to talk to you? Bitch, I got places to be.

                  And you and Jesse’s naive little dutch rudder duet was cute. Does anyone really think handing envelopes of money to politicians is “just speech”? C’mon now.

                  1. All those words and you still didn’t answer the question.

                  2. What are politicians allowed to spend that money on?

                    Speech.

                    You’ll note that politicians who spent that money on other things in the past, and were caught anyway, got in more than a little bit of trouble.

                    If you can hand people food and water in line to vote, where does one draw the line on what you can’t give them? Gold watches? A thousand dollars? Maybe they get a $100 bucks to go buy food and water at the store?

                    1. donald j trump was caught handing out money to voters before an election.

          2. Just because problems exist doesn’t mean that we should make more.

            What part of “Nonsense workarounds that campaign finance is known for” is unclear?

          3. No. None of it is ‘cool’. All of it is used to influence the elections. It is also important to enforce what isn’t legal at the very least before you try to reform the other corruption to the integrity of the system.

          4. Yes. The first amendment exists. You pretended to defend it when you were pretending to be in the army.

          5. Democrats bribed voters with a promise of 2,000.00 if you voted for them so it is legal to give things to voters. If anyone takes the time to check you may find it is illegal to approach a voter waiting in line to vote in most states. If not it should be. The left would have no problem handing you a bottle of water while looking you in the eye and telling you they will kill you if you vote wrong. How is not allowing people to approach voters in line suppressing the vote? I just checked and there is not even one case where someone fell out from lack of water or food while waiting to vote.

            1. dan1650 said “The left would have no problem handing you a bottle of water while looking you in the eye and telling you they will kill you if you vote wrong.”

              Liar!

      2. And the provision is not new. That is the problem with reporters – they don’t know what the current law is so they mistake a reenactment of existing law as something that is new.

        1. It’s a problem not only with professional reporters, but with activists reporting to their ostensible allies. Sometimes it’s done in ignorance, sometimes it’s lying by omission. Sometimes it’s mistaking a reenactment, other times it’s failure to take account of interaction with or context of existing statute so that a deregulatory amendment is made to look like a pro-regulatory one.

      3. Horseshit. The goal of the legislators is to

        a)force people to stand in line for hours and hours by challenging every voter and not providing many voting machines and then
        b)get those voters to stop standing in line for hours because they need to go to the bathroom or get a bite to eat.

        Very fucking easy to fix the real problem here. Instead they choose to ‘fix’ the problem they created by failing to fix the real problem.

        Republicans have become advocates of a new improved Jim Crow and it is fucking repellent.

        1. this bill will help to make the lines shorter: expanding early voting and monitoring line length. the ‘long lines’ you see sometimes on tv are just the news cameras finding the one precinct with long lines on one day. when this happens, the law forces the precinct to do better the next day. do you know what happened during Jim Crow? these comparisons are absurd

        2. JFree, the “new improved Jim Crow” is described as Jim Raven!

          1. You’re an idiot.

    3. What we should be asking: Why did someone decide it would be a good idea to curtail the water-giving? What caused them to think that it might be a problem?

      1. There is a voter fraud case on Ga involving bribing homeless to vote with food.

      2. Because in the 20’s both the parties used to had out beer, cigarettes and other helpful things to people waiting to vote.

        1. 1920s, hell–Duval County, FL candidates were giving out “tickets” in the ghetto, valid for a drink of free liquor or beer at certain bars, in exchange for voting for certain candidates, often white.
          This is not about the black vote, though. If Raffensberger really wanted honest elections, he would institute a “None of the Above” option on both machines and absentee ballots, to prevent poll workers from marking ballots on blank races. Raffensberger still has not replied to my letter on the subject, and the new Georgia law does not address it.
          The South’s dishonest elections are legendary, and nobody cared as long as the dishonesty supported Jim Crow. Now that the balance of power is shifting, the GOP are clutching their shitty pearls and whining “Unfair!”.

          1. The South’s dishonest elections are legendary, and nobody cared as long as the dishonesty supported Jim Crow.

            You realize, up until very recently, the racist south was a standard voting block for Democrats, right? Have you heard the term Southern Democrats?

      3. And as a rhetorical answer to your , hopefully, rhetorical question we already know the reason why.

    4. Or they could get their logistics together and make sure that nobody has to wait in line for more than five minutes.

      I voted in every municipal, provincial and federal election since I turned 18, and I don’t think I’ve ever waited longer than a minute.

      If people are waiting so long that Republicans or Democrats have to give them bottles of water or cookies, you’ve fucked up your election.

      1. Agree ML instead of wasting money on enforcement spend money on more polling places. at the same time don’t make voting so expensive by using bizare punch machines. just use scanners.

        1. …and paper ballots.

        2. Try voting by mail-in/drop-off PAPER BALLOTs, which are encoded with a unique control number for each voter.

          No lines, done at convenience of voter, safe, secure, efficient

          Works well in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Colorado, and also Utah!
          Will work equally well in every other State in the Union.

      2. In my precinct this year, they took the normal 12 in-person voting locations and consolidated them into 4, because COVID. I’m not sure how that was supposed to help. When I voted in the general election in November, the line was 300 people long when I arrived, about 5 minutes before the polls opened. It took about 90 minutes to get to the front and actually vote.

        1. That’s why routinely firing civil servants who fuck up like that, is a necessity.

      3. Make sure??? The only surety they are required to perform is that people’s ballots are safely secured and tallied.

        These are the same people that camp out for three days before Black Friday but can’t be troubled to wait ten minutes.

    5. Water? George Washington gave them beer.

  3. I like Justin, but he’s so blue-pilled. Bring your own water!

    1. Seems pretty anti liberty to tell people they can’t give other people water.

      The “bribing” excuse is pretty weak.

      And the long lines and waits are there by design, specifically only in certain areas where the residents have a particular racial identity.

      https://www.npr.org/2020/10/17/924527679/why-do-nonwhite-georgia-voters-have-to-wait-in-line-for-hours-too-few-polling-pl

      1. Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™, DOL.

        I’m sure that population density plays no part in it. The dems that govern urban areas want to make it hard to vote.

        What’s up with that?

        1. It is weird watching stolen Valor blame Republicans for local democrats fucking up voting regions. The local voting officers decide how many locations, times within laws, etc.

          1. You love to slander, even when you have the means right at your finger tips to get the truth. You really must be the most boring, unhappy fuck on here.

            1. Uh oh, everyone look out, the sociopath is really, really angry today.

              1. “Start Up The Rotors…”

            2. No, that’s either Nardz or Sevo. But JesseAz is close behind.

            3. Technically, JesseAz is libeling (written defamation) you.

              1. Citation required you ignorant fuck.

        2. Population density, that must be it.

          I mean there is no way someone could possibly look at the number of voters in a given area, and pair the number of voting booths to the number of voters in a consistent ratio. Nope. Impossible.

          1. I was shocked when I saw the lines in Georgia during this last election. It’s not hard, folks. Every state I’ve ever lived in had no problem with providing sufficient polling places.

        3. And Mayors typically (or at all, as far as I know) have any say in how elections for federal office are carried out.

          Dang, two big swings, two big misses. You want another pitch, or are we good?

      2. It’s called ‘Electioneering’ and it is against the law. Whomever created the law was prescient in their knowledge of what scumbags progs by removing the ability to do it under an ecumenical guise.

        Drink nothing motherfuckers

  4. (Stationary water stations are OK.)

    I wouldn’t want to see whose dirty mitts were all over my free bottle anyway.

    1. At the very least. Good Lord

  5. The White House is defending firing staff who admitted to ever using marijuana.

    SleepyJoe is the only one that is allowed to act stoned.

      1. … for someone who qualifies for Denny’s Senior Specials, yeah.

    1. He’s not acting.

    2. Remember when Trump did that? Yeah me neither.

      1. Now, Jr. on the other hand:

        https://youtu.be/cgszZk-CnCg

    3. ‘Don’t look at me!’ said “SleepyJoe is the only one that is allowed to act stoned.”

      I’ve never understood why Joe Biden is so prejudiced against the non-toxic medicinal herb, cannabis, having so many medical uses, being falsely, irrationally, immorally, and wrongly classified as a schedule I controlled substance (schedule V at most); and, at the same time, so oblivious to the fact that tobacco & alcohol are the MOST deadly of all drugs, that tobacco & alcohol are schedule I & II controlled substances by definition in the CSA, but are incredibly, illogically, irrationally, immorally, wrongly, and unconstitutionally (in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of Amendment XIV) exempt by name from the CSA [21 U.S.C. § 802(6)], when tobacco drug use kills ~500,000 tobacco drug users/year in the USA and alcohol kills ~90,000 alcohol drug users/year in the USA.

      Cannabis, of course, kills zero (0) cannabis drug users/year in the USA.

  6. Republicans are calling it the Election Integrity Act of 2021.

    Should have called it the Anti-Russia Super Woke Voter Act

    1. They should have called it the Voter Enfranchisement Act of 2021, an integral part of Reconstruction 2.0.

  7. Did you see SleepyJoe’s news conference?
    Knocked it out of the park with his strong intellect and quick wit. Too bad nobody got the self deprecating humor about being in the senate for 120 years.

    1. POTUS Biden’s cognitive decline is a threat to national security. What do you suppose China, North Korea, Russia and Iran think of POTUS Biden?

      And it is not like Heels Up Harris is any better. All she can do is laugh at the most inappropriate times. What is she….autistic?

    2. Or how there won’t be a GOP in 2024.

      1. Everyone will abandon the GOP once the wave of prosperity washes over the land due to SleepyJoe’s higher taxes.

      2. Who the fuck is Joe Eagle?

        1. You just don’t understand sophisticated humor.

        2. Jim eagle!!! Dog faced pony soldier.

    3. One wonders about the closed-door meetings where he can really, um, be himself.

      1. Spoiler alert it involves rape

        1. You spelled “naps” wrong.

          1. Not if your Tera Reid

    4. Okay jim eagle. Enough out of you.

    5. Joe Biden has reached the stage where he shits himself daily.

      Change my mind.

    6. Knocked it out of the park with his strong intellect and quick wit.

      Yeah. The uh…
      *stares into camera for 2s*
      strong wit. The strong wit and, uh…
      The strong intellect and quick wit were really compelling.

      In the, uh… vacuous space… Biden spent ostensibly thinking about his answers, I got to thinking about my parents’ and in-laws hearing aids and how easy it would be to feed them answers to subjects they have no understanding of through them.

      The fact that he started to say Guatemala and then caught and corrected himself to Mexico and Guadalupe was very telling.

    7. It was pretty rough. I really hope he makes it 4 years so we do not have a Pres. Harris.

      1. Agreed. Biden is a poster boy for mediocrity, Harris is downright shifty.

        1. Hey look everyone, Dee is agreeing with DOL again.

          Even though there’s multiple examples of DOL cursing at and insulting others on this page, which Dee claims is offensive and has no place here, not only does she not call him out, like she has most of us for similar language, she follows him around and co-signs on his comments.

          Hypocrisy is acceptable when you’re a leftist.

  8. Of course, ENB thinks the GA laws are voter suppression. I don’t know WTH she is thinking, if anything. Where is she from….Sargon?Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth, we see it as common sense.

    1. 1. If the line is longer than five minutes, the bigger concern is shitty logistics, and the state elections officers need to be canned before the next one.
      Nobody should have to wait a half hour to vote.

      2. Bring your own fucking water.

      3. No party should be giving gifts of anything to any voter, and especially not at a polling place.

      It’s like ENB actually wants to encourage fraud.

      1. Imagine requiring ID just to get a ballot…. oh wait.

        1. Ha ha ha…

          Yes… how’s about this:

          If you have your ID with you, you get to cut to the front of the line

      2. No, she just wants to Fortify Our Democracy by making sure that a well funded cabal of powerful people can ensure the Proper Outcome is reached, whether the voters like it or not.

      3. Fired for what?? Lack of volunteers to work in precinct voting places?

        You can’t pay them or if there is any remuneration, it automatically looks suspect.

        Have to wait in line to vote? Tough fucking shit.
        Guys took MG42 rounds to the face for people’s right to vote. Having to wait in line is a much smaller sacrifice

        Thirsty? Fuck you drink your own piss or be an adult and refresh before you leave to vote

        1. “Fired for what?? Lack of volunteers to work in precinct voting places?”

          Yeah, if you have a 240 year precedent, and a locked in date and four years to prepare for each shot, it shouldn’t be a problem.

          1. It isn’t though. We have two civic duties: jury duty and election volunteering. And jury duty ostensibly carries a penalty for abrogation.

            No such compulsion for election volunteers. If there were a pool of volunteers continually turned away while there are 2 hour lines to vote I would 100% agree with you

          2. I stand corrected. Election workers here make about $200 (depending on the county). Not sure what it is in the Lower 49

      4. “the state elections officers need to be canned before the next one.”

        Just to let you know (don’t know how Canada runs these), elections are run on a VERY local level. The state does not decide how many machines or employees run elections at various precincts. The city involved does.

        So, Georgia cannot do a thing if DeKalb County has long waits. DeKalb is the only one who can.

        1. And what can they do, short of paying people? Let’s face it: the pool of people who can volunteer for this (retirees) don’t want to leave the house lest they catch the CCP Virus.

          Americans are the kings of avoiding local public service ala jury duty and election work. DeKalb can’t get enough volunteers to mitigate lines? Then it sounds like Georgia residents need to spend less time sexing Daisy Duke and more time handing out “I Voted – Suck It ENB” stickers

  9. But to anyone whose brain hasn’t been melted by partisan politics, it’s a pretty transparent attempt to sway election results, or at least to play to voter fraud fears.

    Well, I mean, maybe the latter.

  10. Imagine making it a crime to offer water to people waiting in line to vote.

    WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FUCKING PANDEMIC. Luckily we got Amash out of Congress before he could kill all the grandmas with more than his takes.

    1. Imagine that being the sole focus of one’s criticism.

    2. Imagine making it a crime to offer water to people waiting in line to vote.

      Imagine having elections so poorly managed, that people are waiting in line so long that they’re dying of thirst.

      The solution is to fix the fucking process, double the number of polling stations or something. Not to let party reps give them fucking drinks.
      I said it above, ENB wants bribery to occur.

      1. I would agree that people identified with a campaign should not be handing out anything. However, I had no problem with the water handouts that I saw back in November, operated by the local Coke bottler (so sealed bottles of Dasani, naturally).

    3. Exactly. Now imagine the six foot distance providing a nice screen to add a couple of hundreds wrapped around the water bottle label, or a nice gift card taped to the bottom. All in exchange for a vote, which by the way I’m gonna need a picture of to make sure, you know, the gift card I just gave you was in exchange for my request.

      Nothing to see here.

      1. And then why not beer? Standing in line for 8 minutes trying to look down some chick’s top burns electrolytes.

      2. You’re absolutely right. It’s almost like you have to be obtuse or so ignorant that you think you don’t need a state issued ID for anything ever.

  11. Phailing Phil Murphy!

    Let my people go……and grow weed! 🙂

    1. Starting to see political advertising for the R’s primary by me.

      And fuck Phil Murphy.

      1. Is anybody palatable running, or is it the usual mix of not-quite-Democrats and firebrands without a prayer of winning general election?

  12. New York is finally close to easing rules on recreational marijuana.

    As opposed to legalizing it.

  13. The new law creates “a pilot program for the posting of digital images of the scanned paper ballots created by the voting system.” These scanned images “shall be public records subject to disclosure.”

    So making voting records auditable by anyone is voter suppression?

    1. So making voting records auditable by anyone is voter suppression.

    2. Yes. Anything that risks ballot integrity is bad. Can’t have audits.

      1. you mean anything that questions the sanctity of the election is insurrection.

        1. UNLESS it is a close election involving an Iowa House seat.

    3. Making elections more open and transparent is the exact opposite of Fortifying Democracy.

    4. Does this get rid of the secret ballot? People’s votes should be confidential. You don’t want employers or insurers or the federal government using your voting record to set your rates or deny you employment or benefits.

      1. I would hope that any OPRA-type request comes back with de-identified, aggregate info.

      2. If you’re stupid enough to write your name on the voting side of the ballot, that’s on you.

        1. Narrator: In the end, DOL was stupid enough.

      3. I would imagine the image records would only be used for recounts and then only election officials, under penalty of death, are the only ones who are allowed to see them.

  14. Requiring counties to publish the total number of votes cast and by what methods by 10 p.m. on election night.

    To be fair, I guess if we’re so very worried about optics this might be worth something.

    1. what if you find another box of votes under the table at 2 AM?
      what are you supposed to do, suppress those votes?

      1. The nightly talley comes with the caveat of being incomplete until the votes have been certified.

        “Well we just need to make sure that we know how many votes to manufacture, right Chicago?”

    2. What we’re worried about is votes being manufactured once it’s known how many are needed.

  15. Allowing a Georgia voter to challenge the qualifications of an unlimited number of other voters in their county or municipality.

    All you can browbeat buffet.

    1. they had to throw something in the bill for Karens

    2. There’s no limit on the number of voters someone can challenge in NY.

      Meanwhile, what’s the big deal about making sure the ID details are consistent between a request for an absentee ballot and the actual ballot returned? Common sense, no? Or should it just be assumed that the person who returns the voted ballot is the same one who asked for it, like nobody else could possibly intercept it and goof on details of ID? Especially in a multi-unit dwelling where the mail for all the addressees winds up in the same slot?

  16. State Rep. Park Cannon (D–Atlanta), a lawmaker who knocked on Kemp’s door during the signing of the bill, was arrested and escorted out of the building by state police.

    I’m a 2A guy, but having a loose cannon in the Capitol is a bit much.

    1. Yuck, yuck…nice one.

    2. My god, what would have happened if she put her feet on his desk?

    3. So, this person was trying to stop the constitutional process?

      Oh, you didn’t frame it that way. Weird.

      Just checking…you’re ENB and NOT Brian Stelter, right?

      1. You’re stupid. And no, I’m not “just checking”.

        1. Can you provide the difference between what this idiot did and the protesters did on 1/6?

          Seems to be the exact same thing.

          1. State Rep. Park Cannon…..a loose cannon in the Capitol

            Idiot.

            1. I think they were referring to the fact both the protestors and said loose cannon tried to stop a constitutional process, but only one was labeled as insurrection.

  17. It’s time to cease all attempts at communication with the left.
    There is but one appropriate way to deal with them.

    1. lol. what a dork.

      1. Says the guy that fantasizes about mowing people down with an Apache helicopter.

        1. If the people are Teachers Union goons, I would indulge that

      2. Why must Nardz be an ang-ry young dork
        When his fu-ture looks quite bright to me
        He holds it all in the palm of his hand
        But his hands wet with angst
        And his head needs a rest

  18. A vote may be rejected if any ID details don’t match up between the request and the submission.

    Do we really want to count the vote of someone who can’t navigate the bureaucracy they’re almost assuredly voting to increase?

    1. You nailed it on the head. This is not about voting integrity, it is about creating new hoops for people to jump through to vote, and to give election officials more ways to reject votes. The left wants all eligible votes to be able to vote, and the right only wants the “right type” of voter to vote.

      Also, this bill does not take into account that IDs do change or expire between voter registration and voting. That alone will disenfranchise about 2% of the people right off the bat.

      1. We’d prefer people as stupid as you NOT vote.

      2. “the right only wants the “right type” of voter to vote.”

        Alive?

      3. The left wants all eligible votes to be able to vote, to be able to continue its large-scale ballot-stuffing initiatives, and the right only wants the “right type” of voter to vote. wants all eligible votes to be able to vote.

        Fixed that for you.

        1. Of course not. But these measures won’t prevent fraud, that is almost non-existent anyhow. We did just fine without these new restrictions.

          1. But these measures won’t prevent fraud

            So they’ll be as effective as gun control laws?

            1. You’re not allowed to bring up gun rights when discussing elections.

              – Lying Jeffy

            2. Sure. If you want to use gun control laws as an argument then I will happily agree and take less gun control laws and less voter suppression.

              1. I’ll accept voter laws that are as stringent as gun control laws.

      4. so you’re okay if the ID doesn’t match?

        1. Depends why. If it is a different or renewed ID, sure, a small typo like a single digit off, also not a problem. But I don’t like this at all anyhow since it is an unnecessary step.

      5. Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™, molly.

      6. you can use an expired ID

    2. How can we expect voters to understand the byzantine laws surrounding a properly Fortified Democracy?

    3. And voting for the same assholes that do it time and again.
      –100–

    4. No, it’s, do we really want to count the vote of someone who tries to vote for other absentees at the same multi-unit dwelling where all the mail winds up in the same pile regardless of addressee?

    1. Yay, single point of failure!

      1. Spoken like a true engineer.

        1. But at least they drew a giant dick with their GPS track first, so that’s pretty cool.

  19. Joe is bribing Manchin with a plum administration job for his wife to get his vote.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/dlippman/status/1375430289313398788

  20. LOL. Reason won’t say a word when Stacey Abrams is assembling a massive election fraud apparatus. But when the GOP attempts to combat that fraud? They leap into action!

    1. Reason has been renamed to Emote!

      (R Mac coined that term)

      1. Emote: Concerned Minds And Free Shit

        1. Or “Empathetic” and “High-Trust” but yes, that is excellent too!

          Their mailing address should also end with “Bizarroworld.”

      2. Well played!

    2. Reason pounces?

    3. Reason joins Democrat party propaganda effort.

  21. Parler said it forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Jan. 2 a series of posts from a user saying he would be wearing body armor to the pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6.

    FBI: “What difference at this point does it make?”

    1. The FBI knew all along just like the latest shooter and the boston bombers and 9/11 and countless others. their goal seems to be to allow things to happen to a dangerous stage hoping to stop them before hand so they can act like heroes or maybe they just want shit to happen to insure their pay or for some political purpose.

      1. They were too busy with diversity training.

    2. how is defensive equipment a threat?

      1. You see pro trump protesters keep getting shot and killed by BLM, so wearing protection is just goading blm

  22. A former Reason staff writer goes all in on the blue-pilled narrative surrounding voter ID laws here.

    1. And here.

      1. And here.

    2. She never got close to passing as a Libertarian.

      1. Not sure any Reason contributors can.

        1. Lucy was pretty much a libertarian, which is why they got rid of her, apparently.

  23. A former Reason staff writer goes all in on the blue-pilled narrative surrounding Meghan Markle here.

    1. And here.

      1. This is rather telling: “The culture shit is weighing me down.”

        Bitch, that’s ALL you give a shit about; if it wasn’t, you’d take that Black Lives Matter bs off your profile.

        I understand Zuri wanting to advocate solely for her own race, but at least she could be honest about it like Tariq Nasheed or Ibram Kendi.

    2. Meghan Markle just said someone was worried about her baby’s skin color. Have you ever had a conversation like that? No? Then keep your disinterest to yourself.

      Fuck you. Broodling number 2 was blue when he came out and spending spring break in Florida there’s no end to the number of people who are concerned about any shade of pink my kids may turn. Keep that shit to yourself.

  24. In what is showing as a false lretense for Amazon and Google to shot down parler, new memos show Parler actively se ding posts promoting violence to the FBI.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/03/25/parler-just-flipped-big-techs-jan-6-conspiracy-theory-on-its-head-n1435168

    Twitter and Facebook was much more widely used for jan 6th than parler. So SVs claims of violations to the contracts is appearing as a false pretense to break a contract to stifle competition. Almost like an anti market action… weird.

  25. New York is finally close to easing rules on recreational marijuana.

    Empire State black market, your days are numbered!

    1. there’s always the cigarette tax to dodge

  26. A former Reason staff writer goes all in on the blue-pilled narrative surrounding reparations here.

    Won’t be long before she’s writing for NPR about how racist libertarianism is. Will Wilkinson would be proud.

    1. Given it’s Zuri Davis, did she bother covering even half of the story? Or is she settling for only covering a quarter? She still has a better chance of getting that job than ENB.

      Love the moniker. Pop no corks before their time…

    2. The switch from Koch / Reason libertarian to garden variety progressive Democrat is not difficult to make. We already agree with them about virtually everything; it’s only necessary to add occasional (and obviously insincere) “eat the rich” rhetoric.

      #LibertariansForReparations

    3. She already said the Ron Paul portion is racist.

    4. So, Paul Masson, is it time? All this Woke-ism is driving me to drink! 🙂

  27. Cuomo had been circulating his own legalization proposal that would completely forbid New Yorkers from growing their own—even for medical purposes.

    But then his chickens came home to roost.

  28. So offering water to people in line, should not be illegal. Okay. Same for Sprite and Coke, I mean, it’s practically American. Well, why not the okay for a big slice of watermelon, it is still hot on election day in the south, sometimes. Maybe hand out some pulled pork, some beer, t-shirts, campaign hats … or you can just hand them a $20, and they can get all these things they want after they vote their appreciation.

    Getting upset about banning handing water bottles to people waiting in line, where self-service water fountain are legal, has got to be the stupidest thing yet.

    Even If you were honest about making it easier for people to vote, how about instead of handing them water bottles, you fix the precinct/staffing so they can be verified and cast their vote in five minutes???

    1. Watermelon? Pretty racist, dude.

      1. Sometimes a watermelon is just a watermelon.

        1. In fact it always is.

      2. I briefly considered that I hate watermelon because of the racist trope, but then I realized that I love fried chicken…

        1. I draw the line at chitterlings.

    2. Sure, but no Pepsi. Only commies drink Pepsi in Georgia. God Bless the Coca Cola Corporation!

      1. Pepsi is just another kind of Coke, actually.

    3. They do not want it to be easier for people to vote. Their intention is to make it harder.

      1. “…Their intention is to make it harder.”

        Perhaps voting should be harder than answering a ‘phone poll; perhaps hard enough that you have to think about it before you do so.
        Might keep some fucking lefty ignoramuses like you from casting a ballot.

        1. At least we are in agreement that these laws are voter suppression. The only difference is that I think voter suppression is wrong.

          1. No, you just support fraudulent elections.

            1. Of course not. But these measures won’t prevent fraud, that is almost non-existent anyhow.

              1. If you repeat that enough it magically becomes true. You’re about halfway there. I’m almost convinced.

          2. It’s a re-fortification of the election process.

      2. it’s still not that hard

      3. They want to make it so easy they will even vote for you

      4. And you’re a fucking liar

    4. No, the stupidest thing is focusing on that part as if it worth pure outrage. Apparently the same lazy fucks who can’t be bothered to get an ID also can’t be bothered to get water on their own.

    5. That’s what I’m not getting. It’s clearly a law against both bribery and campaigning in the line, which most states already have illegal.

      They don’t allow any exceptions because any exceptions will be jumped on and exploited. There’s a reason campaign finance laws are so labyrinthine that no ordinary person can navigate them, yet our politicians somehow seem to still get rich off donors.

    6. And again, what is this magic spell which increases people willing to volunteer to such degree that waiting less than five minutes to have your vote discarded is an inalienable right

  29. Texas mayor, a Democrat, is saying Biden lied yesterday when he said migrants were being sent back and not simply dropped off in the interior.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/03/25/illegal-border-crossers-are-sent-back-according-to-president-biden-a-texas-mayor-says-otherwise-n1435118

    I’m sure Reason as aghast at the lies from the most honest administration ever. But still no mean tweets. Then again, Biden is usually in bed by 2pm.

    1. He did say Latin nations are filled with corrupt politicians and murders. But somehow nobody is calling him a racist.

      1. and some of their elected officials are good people?

  30. “I think if marijuana was federally legal, that might be a different circumstance.”

    “But we sure as hell don’t want our options clobbered.”

    1. Thank God no fire extinguishers were around.

  31. Biggest news of the day is Biden effectively declaring war on the filibuster.

    “President Joe Biden strongly implied he isn’t going to wait around for Republicans to work with him to get his agenda through Congress and that he believes the Senate’s filibuster rule is a relic of the Jim Crow era . . . .

    During his first press conference as president, Biden was asked repeatedly how he will get around Republican obstruction in the Senate in order to fulfill major campaign promises on immigration reform, gun control and climate legislation. He said it will be up to Republicans to work with him.

    “My Republican colleagues are going to have to determine whether or not we want to work together, or decide the way in which they want to proceed is to just divide the country,” he said.

    “Biden Blasts Filibuster As Relic Of Jim Crow, Says GOP Abusing It In ‘Gigantic Way’”

    —-Huff Post

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-press-conference-filibuster-reform_n_605cc010c5b6531eed02de70

    In short, he’s saying they won’t nuke the filibuster unless the Republicans use it to get in their way on the gun control, on immigration, and on the Green New Deal–which is another way of promising to nuke the filibuster.

    And those aren’t the only areas we can expect them to come after the economy and our rights. They’ll nuke the filibuster to come after us on nationalizing voting rules to allow mail in ballots in a huge way, to come after our freedom of speech online, etc., etc., as well.

    1. The news for libertarian capitalists is about as bad as could be reasonably expected, and those of you who haven’t woken up yet to the fact that it may quickly become impossible to support the U.S. government without supporting the Democratic Party need to wake up already. Without the filibuster in the Senate, the U.S. government and the Democratic party are one in the same thing. If you don’t want to live in a world where it’s necessary to oppose the U.S. government unless you support the Democratic Party, then the filibuster surviving is imperative.

      Not that progressives care about what the American people want, but there may be some Democrat politicians in purple districts who can still be persuaded. 60 days from now, however, the America we knew in terms of capitalism, free speech, Second Amendment rights, etc. may be gone forever, and we probably shouldn’t expect the Supreme court to save us any more than they saved us in Wickard vs. Filburn, Gonzales vs. Raich, Kelo vs. City of New London, the “penaltax” ruling, or DACA.

      This probably calls for a massive protest in Washington D.C., but I suspect the Democrat controlled government would sic the National Guard on peaceful Republican protesters before they’d let that happen. They’d shut down the National Mall, the city itself, and prevent organizing on social media or even traveling to Washington DC before they’d let a massive demonstration against their progressive agenda happen. We already know that everyone from the media to the progressives in your neighborhood will apologize for shooting unarmed protesters for trespassing on public property–so long as they oppose the Democrats.

      1. They will nuke the filibuster. I think at this point, that’s a foregone conclusion, because they can’t pass any of their priorities without nuking the filibuster.

        I don’t know that they’re all that worried about the consequences in purple states. If they end the filibuster and ram through national voting legislation, they can ensure a permanent majority.

        Once they’ve blown out the filibuster, they’ll pack the courts with leftists so there’s not even any semblance of recourse. Then they can do anything they want without even so much as a speedbump in their way.

      2. The problem here is that Republicans seem to be goading the Democrats to dump the filibuster. The American people will support the filibuster but not if the Republicans try to implement draconian measures to suppress voting. If other states follow Georgia there will be no option but to pass HR1 even if that means dumping the filibuster.

        1. “American people will support the filibuster but not if the Republicans try to implement draconian measures to suppress voting.”

          That’s just stupid.

          1. People my age have two memories of the filibuster. The first was Jimmy Steward in “Mr. Smith goes to Washington”. He was fighting corruption. The other memory is the Dixiecrats trying to stop civil and voting rights legislation. The HR1 bill falls into the later and I don’t think people will accept an attempt to turn back the clock and suppress minority voting. If Republican state legislature push voting suppress laws, the filibuster will fall.

            1. That’s just stupid.

              Ken was right.

              They were calling for the fillibuster to be gone election day dummy.

            2. Are people your age not smart enough to distinguish between actual voter supression and laws aimed at ensuring the integrity of the ballot?

              To use language you might understand, nobody’s trying to take away your right to vote. We just want common sense election reform. We need to close the mail ballot loophole.

            3. Haha. You progs sure do love living in the past.

            4. Haha. Morons like molly, upthread, will chime in with supreme confidence that vote fraud is “nonexistent”…….. cuz, I guess she just knows these things?

              Morons like mod are similarly convinced that “voter suppression” is rampant, despite no reports of anyone, living or dead, being denied a vote.

              That’s just stupid.

          2. I love how Ken will write a thousand word dissertation of a comment, but if someone disagrees with him, giving an actual argument, he’ll instantly descend to the level of “that’s just stupid.” In short, Ken just wants to bloviate about his opinions but doesn’t want an actual conversation.

            1. He is right. As usual you jump in to defend the left without question.

              1. I did? Please quote where I said anything to “defend the left”.

            2. Biden and the Democrats want to get rid of the filibuster so they can institute gun control, push through amnesty, and institute the Green New Deal–among other things. People who need that pointed out to them, and insist this is all about voter suppression, are willfully ignorant to imagine it isn’t about those other things and stupid to believe that it’s about voter suppression.

              If you’re somebody that needs the obvious pointed out to you, there’s a word for that.

              Why shouldn’t I use it?

              1. P.S. These threads are full of people who disagree with me about my support for open borders, my support for free trade with China, my opposition to the Iraq War, and a whole host of other issues.

                I never called them or their ideas stupid because they weren’t.

                See how that works?

                1. Yes. You have no idea what manners are.

                  1. So WK argues that Ken only replies to disagreements with insults by responding to a disagreement with insults.

                    lol – idiot.

            3. Some things are so obvious that they needn’t be explained.

            4. I love how you’re a squawking bird named Dee.

            5. I didn’t see an actual argument.

        2. “we don’ t care enough to do anything to actually get out and vote, but we will destroy your party if you try to make it harder to do something we can’t be bothered to get up off the couch for”

          lol

        3. “The problem here is that Republicans seem to be goading the Democrats to dump the filibuster….”

          The problem here is your lack of mental capacity.

        4. The problem here is she was wearing a skirt asking to be raped.

        5. The problem here is that Republicans seem to be goading the Democrats to dump the filibuster.

          No one is goading anyone. The Democrats, having gone Full Retard since the party’s takeover by the New Left 50 years ago, want to act like autocrats and are pissed there’s a long-time constitutional rule in place that prevents it.

          1. I love how Democrat actions are the fault of Republicans.

            1. During the Denver riots this summer, some 20-something poo-pot claimed that the protests were “peaceful” until they saw the cops walking down the street in their riot gear, and then the couldn’t control themselves anymore and started breaking shit.

              It’s like, bitch, if your dumb asses have so little self-control that seeing some cop in a tacticool vest makes you want to hulk out, you probably shouldn’t be allowed outside to begin with.

        6. This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read, and I’ve been to Twitter today.

    2. What about the Jim Eagle era?

      1. Operation Covfefe was a failure, and I wouldn’t expect the Jim Eagle Initiative to fare any better–if the government and the Democratic Party weren’t the same thing.

    3. But how can this be?! I was assured here, back in November, that the Senate would stop the worst of what a Biden Administration might try to do. And even if the Senate would be tied, that Sinema and especially Manchin, would surely never agree to get rid of the filibuster. Now it’s possibly on the chopping block?! I think I need to lie down, get a cold washcloth for my head or something.

      Shit, next you’ll be telling me the Republicans might not gain seats in the 2022 Elections.

  32. Lying on a background check form to buy a gun, negligently tossing it in a garbage bin near a school, then sending SS agents to get the background check form…

    Just a day in the life of a Biden.

      1. Minnesota to start teaching racism in 1st grade. Focus on evil white people, capitalism, and religion. Sounds oddly like marxism.

        https://redstate.com/alexparker/2021/03/25/minnesota-proposes-new-standards-for-social-studies-that-call-out-whiteness-christianity-and-capitalism-n350508

        1. Kids need to know at an early age the color of your skin is now the most important thing ever.

        2. Just remember half the population of ND and Minn are accurately represented by the answer to “So you were having sex with the funny lookin’ one??”

    1. Shut up, peasant. Aristocrats live by different rules.

      1. You misspelled autocrat.

  33. TRUMP LOST GEORGIA BECAUSE SOMEONE GAVE WATER TO THE VOTERS! MAKE GEORGIA DRY AGAIN!

    1. LOL. Imagine thinking that Biden won Georgia.

      1. He did. They counted three times and he still won.

        1. Lol imagine thinking they actually counted the real votes three times

          1. Same ballots that elected the Georgia legislature. Real for one race is real for all.

            1. Lol imagine thinking ballots can’t be selectively altered

              1. He doesn’t understand the high number of adjudicated ballots in one county.

                1. He was a poll worker in Wisconsin.
                  He participated in the cheat.
                  Death is the only thing he deserves.
                  Leftists are actively waging war upon you. At some point they must be met in kind.

                  1. I don’t think that is hyperbolic. Seriously, the Green Bay election official complicit in that should be summarily shot

              2. I don’t think they are altered; manufactured using lists of dead voters and/or wholly fraudulent ballots is much more like it

            2. You are arguing with Tulpa’s handle-of-the-day.

              1. You are squawking like a bird.

        2. They rescanned. They also admit to at least 1 thousand double voters and have refused audits to determine adjudicated ballots. There are now emails proving the vote officials are lying about not telling all media and reporters that vote counting had been shut down as they continued counting in secret for 3 hours.

          1. “They rescanned.”

            You keep saying that even though it is not true. They did recounts by hand.

            1. No they didn’t, they recounted in ONE county. A county that wasn’t under a question of fraud and not believed to be a question of fraud.

              They also did not count the non adjudicated ballots. They accepted adjudication as is, despite that being one of the biggest questions. I also noticed you skipped over the double voters. Recounting fraudulent votes is not an audit or a way to verify an election was clean.

              They also found THOUSANDS of new votes the first recount. Odd you ignore that.

              Why must you lie constantly?

              1. https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-georgia-elections-1a2ea5e8df69614f4e09b47fea581a09

                “A hand tally of ballots cast in Georgia for the presidential race has been completed,”

                “The complete hand recount stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and wasn’t in response to any suspected problems with the state’s results or an official recount request.”

              2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_United_States_presidential_election_in_Georgia

                “On November 11, the Secretary of State of Georgia announced there would be a full statewide audit of each of the nearly 5 million ballots by hand, to be completed by November 20, 2020.”

  34. The White House is defending firing staff who admitted to ever using marijuana.

    They know journalists will ultimately carry the water for them no matter what illiberal thing they do.

  35. Another provision stipulates that no person shall “give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink” to anyone within a polling place, within 150 feet of a building where voting takes place, or “within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.” (Self-service water stations are OK.)

    Somethig about campaigning at polling places comes to mind…but END is too much a hack to realize this.

      1. Indeed

  36. Under the new law, “it shall be illegal for any person to…photograph or record a voted ballot.” Anyone who does so will be guilty of a misdemeanor crime.

    So how am I going to prove to my union boss that I voted the right way so I can get my money? Jesus Christ, it’s like we’re going back to the secret ballot or something.

    1. Secret ballots are racist. The US is the only country racist enough to have election security and immigration laws. No other country has them.

    2. We can’t Fortify Democracy if the party can’t make sure the ballots are Fortified, too.

  37. Another provision stipulates that no person shall “give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink” to anyone within a polling place, within 150 feet of a building where voting takes place, or “within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.”

    Sure, they say the reason for banning the giving of gifts to voters is to stop the buying of votes, but we all know the real reason is that they want people to die of starvation and dehydration.

  38. Christ, if you aren’t voting or volunteering, just stay the fuck away from the polling places. “I’m just handing out water” doesn’t matter. Just. Fucking. Stay. Away.

    1. Great idea. So volunteers can go to polling locations to hand out water. Right?

      1. Election volunteers that went though a process to actually work the election, you fucking progtard idiot, not any ‘volunteer’ paid by Zuck to interfere with the election.

      2. If I read this properly, a bucket of water bottles provided by the polling location wouldn’t be a gift and so would be fine.

      3. Hey Moderation4ever,

        Why the fuck should people need water when voting?

        If the line is so long that Democratic party reps helpfully need to give people drinks so that they don’t die of thirst, then don’t you think that maybe the focus should be on election management?

        1. Cuz all the older republican voters will have to get out of line to pee, and lose their spot.

          Voter suppression, indeed!

      4. No, because that isn’t part and parcel to facilitating voting. Fuck off.

  39. Sources: Secret Service inserted itself into case of Hunter Biden’s gun
    The bizarre incident involved a trash can, a man searching for recyclables and, eventually, federal law enforcement.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/25/sources-secret-service-inserted-itself-into-case-of-hunter-bidens-gun-477879

  40. We Must Start Planning For a Permanent Pandemic
    With coronavirus mutations pitted against vaccinations in a global arms race, we may never go back to normal.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-03-24/when-will-covid-end-we-must-start-planning-for-a-permanent-pandemic

    1. More free money!

  41. https://www.vogue.com/article/emily-ratajkowski-pregnant-announcement-digital-cover

    My friend who is the mother to a three-year-old boy tells me that she didn’t think she cared about gender until her doctor broke the news that she was having a son. She burst into tears in her office. “And then I continued to cry for a whole month,” she says matter-of-factly. After a difficult birth experience, she developed postpartum depression and decided that she resented her husband more than she’d ever imagined possible. She told me she particularly hated—and she made an actual, physical list that she kept in her journal, editing it daily—how peacefully he slept. “There is nothing worse than the undisturbed sleep of a white man in a patriarchal world.” She shakes her head. “It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I was bringing yet another white man into the world. But now I adore him and can’t imagine it any other way.” She also eventually learned to love her husband again. The sound of his perfect sleep next to her at night is now tolerable.

    1. I resent that his entire family’s DNA is inside of me but that my DNA is not inside him.

      Oh, Emily, just spit in his mouth.

    2. Never stick it in crazy.

      1. It’s really, really hot and crazy though. Plus, how much of this shit does she need to parrot to maintain her in-ground status? (Not that I’d bother asking that question if she were plain, or even somewhat attractive.)

        Jesus, what a disgusting, self-loathing group of people are the modern woke White liberal. The problem is, they’re going to try and take us down with them.

        1. Wow. That’s a hell of a Freudian slip there, autocorrect.

      2. They’re all crazy post partum.

    3. Jesus christ, someone this fucking neurotic should never be allowed to raise children, much less a boy. She’s going to batter him to the point that he transitions just to get her off his back.

      I don’t feel all that bad for her husband, who saw how emotionally fucked in the head this woman is and still married her because of her big tits. He’ll get what he deserves and more. But children shouldn’t have to suffer through this Mommy Dearest bullshit.

      1. LOL, like she’s going to ‘raise’ them. That’s her staff’s job.

        At least prior generations’ upper classes were more honest about this sort of thing, with layers of wet nurses, cooks, governesses, and other staff before the kid became a boarding school’s problem.

        1. And that whole cadre of support staff was in place to at least TRY to ensure their offspring were cared for by competent people. It says something about how degenerate our current class of elites are that even the most inbred European aristocrats didn’t treat their kids like fashion accessories.

      2. JFC, the bitch is a solid 9 with tig ole’s. She might even be able to pass for ethnic. Talk about fucking privilege.

        1. Yeah, she’s too fucking dim to realize she hit the genetic lottery, and parrots the standard woke shibboleths because she’s not bright enough to think beyond her next social media selfie.

          1. She’s bright enough to know her tits will make her rich.

      3. She does have nice tits though

    4. So she’s a psychotic cunt. Got it

    5. Her signaling of virtue is near celestial, yet her angelic persona also presents the extra virtual signaling dilemma of being associated with a christian emblem of virtue. No wonder she suffered depression. How to go on?

      1. And there isn’t a heterosexual male amongst the commenters that wouldn’t step over their dead mother to give Emily the mouth pleasure

    6. “There is nothing worse than the undisturbed sleep of a white man in a patriarchal world.” She shakes her head.

      Reminds me of the bedding commercial where the guy says, “Can it do something about snoring.” and the wife says, “I never hear any snoring.”

      He sleeps quietly while she wheezes out “Zzzz… kill all white men… Zzzz” and he’s the worst.

      Like Bill Burr says, you’re in the hot tub right fucking next to him! White women really are the worst.

  42. But mixed in with these are provisions that seem designed to restrict voting access, complicate the process, or make it easier for state officials to intervene. Some of these include:

    Increasing voter ID requirements for people mailing in absentee ballots

    This is blatant racism, as we all know black people are either too stupid to figure out how to obtain an ID, too lazy to get an ID, or too busy eating fried chicken and watermelon to bother with getting an ID.

    1. But we do know that Republicans are smart enough to pick the form of ID that is hardest for the minorities to get. I have no problem with IDs but there are plenty of ID that will work. Lets get a list acceptable to all parties running candidates in an election.

      1. “But we do know that Republicans are smart enough to pick the form of ID that is hardest for the minorities to get”

        Not counterfeit?

      2. Standing in line is super hard.

        Youre a fucking racist.

      3. “But we do know that Republicans are smart enough to pick the form of ID that is hardest for the minorities to get.”

        And that would be? Pretty sure no IDs are limited by race.
        Also dead certain a TDS-addled shit like you is going to make an ass of himself as you regularly do.

      4. “to pick the form of ID that is hardest for the minorities to get”

        Minorities are to stupid to get a drivers license or a state issued ID? This may be the most racist inference you’ve ever made here.

        They can get ID just fine to drive a car, buy cigarettes and beer and cash a cheque, but when it comes to picking a government they’re too stupid?

        Admit it Moderation4ever, you’re using racism as an excuse to prevent secure elections, because you know that the DNC is frauding elections, and you’re just fine with that.

        1. “cheque”

          Fucking Canadians.

      5. Which are you referring to?
        Driver’s license? Concealed Handgun license? Military ID? Free ID provided by the DMV?

        All of these are acceptable. Which of these are difficult for minorities to get? Please explain and defend your position. I have listened to multiple people try and explain it, but the only non-absurd arguments boil down to “homeless people exist” and “losing all of your documents puts you into a bind as you cannot prove you are who you are without at least one”.

        While these are both true, neither of them are exclusive to minorities. The claimed numbers affected are less believable than a WWE statistics sheet. I’ve heard claims that as many as 10% of blacks are completely unable to get any form of government issued ID, a number absurd on its face.

        The sheer volume of transparent lies and racist assumptions that I have heard from the anti-voter-ID side makes me extremely skeptical of any statistics, analysis, or claim made in this regard.

        1. He is a liberal in one of the whitest states in the Union. He is a racist. He oozes paternalism over other people.

        2. Why limit the ID to these four? The purpose of an ID at the poll is to show that your name and face match. There are a significant number of IDs that will do that. Remember that you have already established your age, citizenship, and residency by your registration. The ID at the polls only shows that the name in the poll book match your picture. How many IDs show a name and a picture. Student IDs, many employer IDs (certainly if you work for a Health Car Provider), government employee IDs. I see no reason that the number of accepted IDs could not be broadened.

          1. It’s like you don’t even know that the Real ID Act exists.

            1. And what does that have to do with voting? Are you suggesting that a Homeland Security level document is required to show your name and face match?

              1. Think it through, you moron.

          2. Don’t be ridiculous. You cannot use work or student IDs because those are relatively trivial to manufacture and fake.

            Government employee IDs are an interesting idea. However, people who have a salaried job with the government aren’t the sort of people that actually have trouble getting IDs in the first place. In fact, you are unable to get a government job without multiple forms of identification, including your social security number.

            So, please tell me. What government photo ID do you think should be accepted that is not currently accepted? Actual, REAL examples, not absurd hypotheticals.

        3. “Please explain and defend your position.”

          Haha. That’s not how this works. Racial grievance, real or imagined, is a magic conversation ender.

      6. An American Express card?

      7. I’ve not met a minority ever who had any difficulty getting a driver’s license.

        1. And conversely, I don’t know one who wouldn’t be insulted if you asked whether or not they had a problem getting an ID

      8. But we do know that Republicans are smart enough to pick the form of ID that is hardest for the minorities to get

        On the bright side it’s also the easiest one to get

  43. #BidenBoom update.

    In 2021 Democrats have raised the minimum wage by: $0.00 / hour

    In 2021 Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth has increased by: $4.10 billion

    Mr. Koch is now the 15th richest person on the planet. Quite an improvement since the #DrumpfDepression, during which he actually fell out of the top 20. At this rate he’ll easily rejoin the top 10 by the end of the year as I have been predicting all along.

    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

  44. I was happy to see that you could find some good ideas in the bill. It is too bad that we can’t get some ideas with broad support through and toss the rest.
    For me what comes out is the attempt to control the election at the level of power you control. Republicans suggest that the “For the People Bill, HR1” is an attempt to control election at the Federal level, but they want to control at the state level and deny control to local levels. Would it be great if we started at the local levels ask them what they need and then work back to the state and Federal level.

    1. “Republicans suggest that the “For the People Bill, HR1” is an attempt to control election at the Federal level, but they want to control at the state level”

      Is this the first time you’re hearing about federalism?

  45. There’s a western brand retailer that’s being cancelled in China, and I think it’s pretty instructive in regards to U.S. policy here.

    “As of Thursday, Hennes & Mauritz AB’s H&M HM.B +1.28% had been wiped off China’s leading e-commerce, ride-hailing, daily-deals and map applications, as Chinese consumers continued to rage over the Swedish clothing brand’s decision to stop sourcing from China’s Xinjiang region.

    . . . .

    On Thursday, ordering a car to an H&M store was impossible on Didi, the country’s largest ride-hailing app, which didn’t recognize the brand as a valid destination. Searching for H&M on multiple Chinese map apps, including Baidu Maps, run by China’s largest search engine, returned zero results, as if the clothing company didn’t exist despite its over 400 stores in China.

    Shoppers planning to purchase H&M clothing online were also out of luck. Starting Wednesday, searches for H&M’s name on platforms operated by China’s largest e-commerce companies— Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. , Pinduoduo Inc. and JD.com Inc. —yielded no results. Multiple Chinese Android app stores appeared to have removed one of H&M’s shopping apps.”

    —-WSJ, 03/25/21

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/h-m-is-erased-from-chinese-e-commerce-over-xinjiang-stance-11616695377?

    You can’t find their products online. You can’t find their stores online. You can’t get directions to their stores online. You can’t get a ride to their stores on a ride hailing service. You can’t download their app from the app store.

    Why is this instructive for public policy in the USA?

    1) These are private parties responding to what amounts to the Chinese version of outraged Twitter mobs.

    2) This highlights the principled observation that because you don’t have a right to use any particular service, doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have a right to use some service somewhere.

    If there is collusion, on the government’s part or by private parties, to deprive you of a right, then even a libertarian government may have a legitimate responsibility to protect our rights from that kind of collusion.

    3) Because it’s happening in China, there is no reference to Trump or average Americans who lean towards the right.

    Some of Trump’s critics are so full of hate and stupidity towards both Trump and the average Americans who support him, they can’t even discuss an issue that involves Trump without going full retard. Shouldn’t they be able to defend this example of cancel culture in China?

    They might say that refusing to source products from Xinjiang is a good thing, where, say, the pillow guy (or some other example) supported something bad. Okay! Is that the only objection? Are there any principles involving people’s rights of association that should be addressed? Are they only okay with collusion when Republicans are involved? What about when it’s directed by politically motivated Twitter mobs? Do app makers have a right to use an app store somewhere?

    1. This kind of corporatist ostracism is exactly what’s started in America and Reason is too corrupt and comprised now to condemn it.

      1. It’s politically orchestrated collusion, and there are legitimate libertarian arguments against it.

        “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices…. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies, much less to render them necessary.”

        —-Adam Smith

        https://lpmaryland.org/liberty-quotation-adam-smith-collusion/

        Outraged Twitter mobs are people who come together on the basis of shared interests like that. I’m convinced that the nature of the medium itself practically makes outraged Twitter mobs inevitable.

        It’s one thing if they’re arguing that consumers should boycott a company’s product or service. However, when their shared purpose is to intimidate third parties into denying the ability of the target company to exercise its rights, the fact that the third parties are also private companies would seem to stop being the important consideration. The more important consideration is that the target company still has rights that need to be protected. Does anyone decry criminal prosecutions of theft as socialist or authoritarian when the criminals are private parties?

        If there were only a handful of deep water ports in this country, and the Longshoremen’s union or the port operators themselves colluded to deprive, say, Ford of the ability to use any port for export purposes, the overriding question wouldn’t necessarily be whether the port operators or the Longshoremen’s union are private entities with the right to freedom of association. The overriding questions would be whether Ford has a right to use some port to export their automobiles and whether the government has a legitimate libertarian responsibility to protect Ford’s right to do so.

        Ford may not have a right to use any particular port free of charge, but they do have a right to use a port. There’s nothing illegal about that. It’s one thing if using the port is cost prohibitive. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about people who are intentionally colluding to deny a company like Ford the ability to use any port–say, because they make automobiles that add CO2 to the atmosphere. It’s one thing to encourage consumers to boycott Ford, but should they be denied the use of every port that matters?

        There are only a few app stores.

      2. Corporate? When all large businesses in China are arms of the state?

  46. Your votes should really be based on taxation.

    No progressive taxation without progressive represenatation.

    1. One vote for every net 10 thousand dollars you pay to the government (subtracting any benefits or government salary from your tax bill).

      1. I wouldnt go that far. But maybe if we raised the voting age to 30…

  47. I’m all for suppressing Mormon voters. The most effective way is to kill them all.

    1. I remember when you admitted all your anger was because I turned you down.

      And then we all laughed at you.

        1. You need a drink or some weed Sevo. It may cure your BDS.

          Or maybe you’re just a senile old drunk.

          1. Still laughing, asshole.

            1. Sevo you don’t know what you’re laughing at because you’re a senile old drunk.

              1. I know I’m laughing at you, you pathetic piece of shit.

                1. Have a drink buddy!

                  1. Whatever pedo traitor bigot

      1. That never happened. I wouldn’t give a Mormon cunt the time of goddamn day.

        Enjoy your stay in hell you awful cunt.

        1. It sounds like she wouldn’t give you the time of day

          1. Sounds like you’re a turd!

            Check mate!

            1. Well you a poopy head!

              Gin!
              Uno!
              Any other game where you call a word when you win!

              1. Connect four?

                  1. Mornington Crescent!

                    1. Challenge Yahtzee!

                      And you know what rhymes with Yahtzee?

      2. You mean, Mormon Boy. Well young man, really.

        Which is fine: embrace your true self and be happy, so long as it hurts no one else.

        It’s still funny, though. He never took you up on your invitation, did he Chuck? LOL.

        1. Fuck off Mormon lover

          1. Poor Mormon boy lover, or rather rejected Mormon boy lover.

            Don’t fret – you’re still a pedo traitor bigot!

    2. Hey look, it’s KARen! She’s back!

      Hi KARen!

      1. Whoops. Almost forgot that I have to get acronym approval from mothers lament, cuz I guess that’s how things are done around here.

        M.L., I realize this is just a partial acronym, but given this posters irrational stupidity, I believe it’s appropriate. Please use the wisdom of the great white north when considering this request, eh?

        God bless. Or Gaia. Or Geddy. Or whatever you weirdos do up there.

        1. Also let me know if you visit the northwest you goddamn pussy. I’ll crack your Mormon loving skull.

          1. Unmask your email like you promised you hicklib faggot.

      2. What on earth makes you think I’m a karen? Wouldn’t a karen insist on being nice to mormons? Despite them deserving to die?

    3. Now look, that is just not a classy way of undermining a religion. Why not lure the Mormon chicks away with a tempting sip of Irish Coffee? You’ll find some kinky uses for a year’s food supply and slip them out of The Magic Underwear in no time! 😉

  48. https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1375252737479294976
    NEW PHOTOS: Biden’s press conference cheat sheet has a picture of each reporter on it, their name, and who to call on in numerical order

    1. That’s hilarious. I was just watching an episode of Law & Order with the in-laws (compromise!) where Ned Beatty was “being forced” to resign from the bench because he was completely incapable and his clerk was propping him up. They had the same thing laid out for him.

      1. Weeeeeeeee!

  49. As I’ve said several times, I want Republicans in state legislatures to pass whatever changes they feel will make elections more secure, and restore their trust in the process: voter ID, make absentee voting harder to sign up for, etc. We cannot have a huge swath of Americans not trusting elections and not accepting election results.

    Also, nobody is doing this, but I think voting machine software should all be open source, so anyone can examine the source code.

    1. No one cares.

      1. And contradicts how against any and every audit he was post election.

        1. I never once said a word against doing any audit.

  50. Hello my name is Rev kuck it has been 18 days since I last clicked a sullum article.
    From what I’m hearing they are becoming ghost towns in the comment section save for the resident libs

    1. I accidentally clicked on a Sullum article the other day but immediately closed the page. Glad to hear about the ghost town.

  51. Georgia Bans Handing Out Water to Voters Waiting in Line, Because ‘Election Integrity’

    Does anybody use “of” after the word “because” any more, or am I some old moss-back on writing style?

    1. I think the intent was for it to read like mocking dialogue, you can almost picture ENB doing a sarcastic stance while reading.

      Clever, but that said, I’m with you. I prefer my journalism more neutral and writing style more traditional.

      1. At the very least there should be a standard so that honest statements don’t come across as mockery or sarcasm, even if only accidentally. But then, insisting on journalistic standards categorizes you as a stodgy moss-back de facto.

    2. In this statement ‘Election Integrity’ is meant sarcastically. If it were a serious writer and a serious article then you would see ‘because of’

    3. The law also bans hand out liters of MD2020, but that’s apparently not as bad as handing out water.

  52. https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1375283617341968385

    I didn’t write the loopholes you exploit,
    @amazon
    – your armies of lawyers and lobbyists did. But you bet I’ll fight to make you pay your fair share. And fight your union-busting. And fight to break up Big Tech so you’re not powerful enough to heckle senators with snotty tweets.

    1. It’s like watching Nazi Germany vs. the Soviet Union all over again.

    2. No, Liawatha just passes the bills that the armies of lawyers and lobbyists write. And then Amazon pretends to care about her mean tweets, and then she pretends to be outraged about their snarky tweets, and then they laugh and laugh and laugh over drinks.

    3. A good friend of mine predicted Biden wouldn’t last through Thanksgiving. After his disastrous press conference, he’s downgraded Biden to “labor day”.

      1. Are we just not going to do things like G7 anymore, or 1 on 1s with various world leaders? Christ, can you imagine Biden in talks with someone like Obrador right now? Trudeau would bullshit about how wise and clever Biden is, but anyone else?

        I thought they could stretch two years out of him, but that press conference was just sad. Makes Chevy Chase’s in Spies Like Us seem a masterpiece of public speaking: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-EdZEJfPPeM

        Of course, with no more Republican Party in three years, what will it matter?

  53. If the “no food or water to voters” law is intended to apply to private individuals using their own funds, it’s certainly unconstitutional and should and almost certainly will be tossed.

    But if it’s intended to apply to the state ( or county, district, etc) then I have no problem with it whatsoever. A real libertarian of course would already understand this. If the state can use public funds to give out free food and water to bribe voters, then where do you draw the line? Cigarettes? Schlitz Malt Liquor?

    1. Smartphones….oh wait

  54. Increasing voter ID requirements for people mailing in absentee ballots, who now have to submit identification details and a driver’s license number or other forms of government-issued ID when requesting an absentee ballot as well as when submitting it. A vote may be rejected if any ID details don’t match up between the request and the submission.

    How is this controversial in any way.

    1. Its just fine to throw out CA governor recall signatures.

    2. Because according to the left, people of darker shades of skin are so utterly retarded, they’re unable to navigate the most basic elements of public life, and are currently stumbling through their existence, sans ID, sans bank accounts, sans cell phones, sans knowledge of internetting… the list goes on.

      1. Sounds kinda racist :/

        1. White man’s burden.

  55. Why is Reason more hung up about penny ante small-time Republican bullshit in Georgia than on HR1 — the biggest threat to individual liberty anyone can imagine?

    Someone has to fight back, but apparently Reason has decided to focus on the small stuff.

    1. I believe a lot of them are denying their complicity in the terrible things that are happening–things that wouldn’t be happening if Trump had been reelected. The bailout of the states, the Green New Deal, the war on gun rights, etc., etc.: these things were both foreseeable and foreseen if Trump lost, but they actively opposed the reelection of Trump anyway.

      Now, on the one hand, they’re experiencing buyer’s remorse, subconsciously or otherwise, but, on the other hand, they can’t bring themselves to take any responsibility for being complicit in Trump’s loss–and to whatever extent they contributed to Trump losing, they are complicit in the bailout of the states, the Green New Deal, the war on our gun rights, the regulation of social media, etc., etc.

      They’re focusing on other stuff like somebody whistling past the graveyard. They keep telling themselves, “This isn’t my fault. This isn’t my fault. This isn’t my fault. This isn’t my fault. This isn’t my fault”.

      1. The deal was to be eaten last. Not to avoid being eaten at all.

        They’ll learn.

      2. Exactly. They know that they will be complicit in what’s about to happen, and they know how terrible it will be. But they’re mentally flailing about, trying to shift blame and attention so they can justify it to themselves. They had no choice, you see. They had to participate in destroying the Republic because GA republicans want people to die of starvation while waiting to vote.

    2. How dare Reason make Team Red look bad!

      1. Said the moron who’s being drowned out by the hurricane force winds representing the point going right over their head (ignorant as it may be).

    3. “penny ante small-time Republican bullshit in Georgia”

      For one thing, Georgia is now a “swing” or “battleground” state.

  56. Gov. Brian Kemp and other state Republicans say the new law is necessary to stop voter fraud. But to anyone whose brain hasn’t been melted by partisan politics, it’s a pretty transparent attempt to sway election results, or at least to play to voter fraud fears. Georgia—which President Joe Biden won in 2020—was the site of extensive Trump team bellyaching, investigation, and legal maneuvering, and yet attempts to uncover the fabled widespread voter fraud never panned out.

    “The bill passed both chambers of the legislature in the span of a few hours before Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed it Thursday evening,” notes CNN.

    So, hastily passed voting measures are now problematic? Jesus fucking Christ, I can’t keep up with the fucking 180 whiplash ride we’re on.

    1. What 180? (r) legislator voting bills bad, (D) governer and judicial voting rule changes good despite it being illegal

  57. State Rep. Park Cannon (D–Atlanta), a lawmaker who knocked on Kemp’s door during the signing of the bill, was arrested and escorted out of the building by state police.

    “Cannon was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence and preventing or disrupting general assembly sessions,” reports NPR. “The Georgia State Constitution states that lawmakers ‘shall be free from arrest during sessions of the General Assembly’ except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace.”

    Sounds like an insurrection to me.

    1. Here’s more video from @TWareStevens, showing Rep. Cannon knocking on the door to the Governor’s office.

      “I’mma tell you one more time to step back,” the officer says.

      “BEYONCÉ SHOULD BE A STATE REP.!”

  58. “It’s no longer a protest,” Parler quoted the post as saying. “This is a final stand where we are drawing the red line at Capitol Hill. I trust the American people will take back the USA with force and many are ready to die to take back #USA.”

    See, just frat boys at a party that got out of hand. I mean, who doesn’t wear body armor and threaten deadly force when going to a frat party?

    1. Parler quoted the post as saying.

      So, a single post. One guy who bragged about force at the Capitol. This guy would appear to be the mastermind behind the plot to overthrow the government with Bison hats and selfie vids.
      Though if I were a journalist I might wonder:
      WHO is this guy?
      WHAT kind of organization did he compile to plunder the Capitol?
      WHEN did he arrive at the Capitol?(if he went at all)
      WHERE did he come from? WHERE did he end up in the melee?
      HOW did he regroup his mini militia for the next attack once the insurrection coup was thwarted?
      But that’s just me.

      I think I like ChemJeff Radical Socialist better…

      1. That’s why you’re not a journalist.

    2. Antifa?

    3. You can only quote that post because Parler presented that post, among many others, to the FBI in the weeks leading up to 1/6 and it’s now public knowledge as it’s in a lawsuit about breach of contract against Amazon.

      Meaning you’re posting it to make Parler look bad, but in fact they did exactly what you’d have them do.

      Jesus you’re an idiot

  59. ” including a ban on handing out water”

    If handing out bottled water was the only thing allowed to polling places, video evidence would surface showing someone slipping bribes under the label and Democrat candidate stickers onto the outside. And the media, including Reason, would sneer that it wasn’t “widespread” or “significance”

    People who care about election integrity have tons of evidence that voter fraud exists, and more seems to happen every year.
    On the other hand, the claim that there are all these oppressed minorities too inept to get an ID and are starving and dying of thirst in the polling lines is never backed up with a single fucking story….which we know they don’t have because NPR would play it on endless repeat every election cycle. Only one side cares about voters and it’s not the side that lies through their crocodile tears and wants to devalue every vote by making it easier for their side to fabricate as many as they need to win every time.

    1. They have the same approach to voting as they do to college–“If everyone gets in, everyone benefits!”, despite colleges now having a student body comprised mostly of people needing remedial schooling just to get to the basic-bitch, dumbed-down levels of today’s freshman classes.

      Dumbing down voting is going to have the same effect as dumbing down education–a broken system with a lot of resentful, debt-ridden people who can’t understand why “their voice” didn’t result in a guaranteed upper-class lifestyle.

    2. “I’m live at the DMV where black people who need to get a state ID card are being made to swim 500 meters in shark infested waters and then wax ENB’s landing strip to receive the required ID to vote.”

  60. “including a ban on handing out water or food to people waiting in line”

    Auditioning HARD for Vox, are we?

    1. It’s an accurate description of what is in the new law.

      1. If you’re an insipid moron, yes, it is.

        Looks like you just exposed yourself.

        1. As I wrote above, I’m fine with them making whatever election law changes they want, even the no handing out water law. I even understand their given rationale (that the water allegedly often comes with some last-minute campaigning):

          https://reason.com/2021/03/26/georgia-bans-handing-out-water-to-voters-waiting-in-line-because-election-integrity/#comment-8826198

          Still, the description of the law is accurate and I cannot fathom why you would be bothered by a journalist accurately describing a law.

          1. You get quite irritated by the precisely exact description of 1/6 as a mostly peaceful protest

            1. I have never been a purveyor of the phrase “mostly peaceful protest” in regards to leftist rioting, and I am likewise not going to ignore the violent bits of the Capitol insurrection of January 6th even if some protestors were peaceful. It doesn’t work that way — the “mostly peaceful” doesn’t cancel out the horribly violent.

  61. GA banned giving out GIFTS and MONEY for the purposes of voter solicitation. The examples of that “include but are not limited to food and drink” (not water per se). Read the language. Some people point out that the language is written awkwardly to suggest that giving out food and water is a standalone requirement set apart from the earlier clause forbidding voter solicitation. But even so the intent of the law is pretty clear.

    So basically, you can’t “wine and dine” voters. In any event, you’re not entitled to water while you wait in line to vote. According to the champions of voting rights, any company or organization should be able to massively distribute lawn charis, suntan lotions. energy drinks, granola bar, or even a massage in a ANY voting line because it facilitates votes.

    1. Also, the “25 feet from voters and 150 feet requirement from building” is likely referring to tables and booths set up by non election officials.

      “Nor shall any person, other than election official discharging their duties, establish or set up any table and booth on any day on which ballots are being cast:

      (1) within 150 feet of outer edge of polling buildings (paraphrased)
      (2) within any polling place or
      (3) within 25 feet of voters in line

      If you read that law like Elizabeth or many other libs, if I stood 27 feet away from a voter and tossed them water, that would be legal.

  62. Full disclosure (for this context):
    1. I am not a lawyer.
    2. I have not actually read the act.
    3. I have been (in Ohio) a voting location official.

    That said:
    Prohibiting gifts to those waiting in line to vote makes some historical sense. Traditionally, in some places like Chicago that had strong local political organizations, party functionaries gifted potential voters with small, but meaningful amounts of cash or meal vouchers. The “quo” usually was not stated, nor did it need to be, as the party affiliation of the donor generally was well known. This, generally speaking actually makes some sense, and is of a piece with prohibitions on electioneering close to the voting location (in Ohio, the limit was 500 feet). It won’t stop such shenanigans, but might remove them from the immediate vicinity of voting.

    It is not clear that there is anything wrong with the Secretary of State making pictures of completed ballots available to the public, assuming the ballots and the serial number strips sometimes on them and recorded in poll books have been separated from the ballots. On the other hand, a prohibition on photography by others may make sense, since voters could use the picture to prove that they had voted “correctly” and therefore were entitled to collect a previously negotiated bribe.

    Many (most?) reports on this seem to be based on the assumption that all voters, as well as those interested in increasing voter turnout, have the purest of motives. In fact, some of them are no more pure than the Nigerian official who needs a bank account to evade currency controls and will pay you handsomely for the use of yours.

  63. Totally in favor of strong voter ID laws, just like that White Suprenacist Nelson Mandela. While the ‘water’ clause seems out of place, I have to wonder what normal adult going to vote, anticipating there may be a long wait, doesn’t, say, dress or elsewise prepare for the wait & weather conditions? Seems responsible people would dress appropriately, and bring a drink, protein bar, etc with them.

    1. You make too much sense.
      It’s the poor people that need their hands held while on line, according to democrats, don’tcha know.

  64. “and a ban on taking pictures of completed ballots (even your own).”

    It’s like you don’t understand the reasoning behind ballot secrecy laws.

    And, “knocking” on the door? Based on past experience with Reason reporting standards, I’m going to assume she was pounding on it, until you show us footage of a polite rap.

  65. There is no argument the GOP is suppressing votes. The laws the Democrats are promoting allows voting by all. The GOP is suppressing the vote of anyone that is not entitled to vote in our elections which I think is a good idea. Biden and Democrats are encouraging millions of nationals from other countries to pour across our border with plans of fist amnesty and then the right to vote so want elections to be as open as the border. They also want people in prison to vote which implies the character of their voters are at least questionable.
    The left has been slowly moving to take power permanently and the pandemic has created an opportunity they are not going to waste. They used it to win the presidency and two crucial seats in the Senate and know they have only two years to implement their complete take over. It was revealed in their secret phone conference when it was plainly stated “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” when discussing the pandemic. Very few will read the bills they will eliminate the filibuster to pass and have no idea of their true vision. It is like the proverbial frog in the pot of water slowly coming to a boil.

    1. You are nuts. HR1 is patently unconstitutional. States are in charge of federal elections and should be to prevent overreaching fraud. There is not one Democrat is Congress, House or Senate, that would vote for HR1 if a Republican was President with a Republican House and Senate. If they believe so much in HR1 why not wait until the Republicans have the Presidency, House and Senate/ I am sure it will pass then.

      The point is, and always has been to ensure only legal voters vote. There has been fraud in the past, and will be in the future, but to have free and fair elections we must ensure only legal voters vote.

  66. Alternate headline:

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins Democrat party propaganda effort against voter integrity in Georgia.

    1. Where’s the like button?

  67. That headline is a lie. Why does reason feel the need to lie?

  68. “Allowing a Georgia voter to challenge the qualifications of an unlimited number of other voters in their county or municipality.”

    This is pure, unadulterated Bovine Secretion!
    trumpublicans gotta SUPPRESS the vote!
    trumpublicans = liars, anti-democratic, cheating authoritarians.

    If you want to hurt yourself, if you want the person you vote for to act AGAINST your own interests; then vote trumpublican; else vote for the Democratic candidate.

  69. 1. Why is the “Leave a Comment” block at the bottom of the comments?
    2. I waited in line for 1.5 hours without anyone offering me a thing. I didn’t die of thirst or hunger. If you give food and water to those in line, the next logical step is providing port-a-potties and allowing them to get out of line without losing their place.
    3. It could be considered a gift?
    4. Its not like you just learned about the voting day(s) and you couldn’t plan your trip.
    5. Why can’t so many democrat voters make it to the polls on election day/week/month and get there on time?

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