The Washington Post fact-checker gave President Biden “Four Pinocchios” in response to a claim he made about the election integrity law recently passed in Georgia.
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work,” Biden said. The Washington Post stated that polls can stay open from 7am to 7pm with the 9am to 5pm hours being the minimum that they must be open for. If a voter is in line by 7pm they may still cast their vote. “You can criticize the bill for many things, but I don’t think you can criticize it for reducing the hours you can vote,” said Charles Bullock III, a political scientist at the University of Georgia. Stephen Fowler of Georgia Public Broadcasting even stated, “One of the biggest changes in the bill would expand early voting access for most counties, adding an additional mandatory Saturday and formally codifying Sunday voting hours as optional.”
While there were changes made to early voting in Georgia, the experts believe that the changes expanded the ability to vote for most Georgians, not limit them. The article goes on to point out that the law for early voting has always been that polling places must remain open for at least eight hours. The law used to state, “voting shall be conducted during normal business hours.” While that generally means from 9am to 5pm the new law makes it specific, stating, “beginning at 9am and ending at 5pm.” This minor change was made only for early voting while election day voting laws stayed the same. A Georgia election official said that the reason for the change was because some rural election offices only worked part-time during the week rather than the full eight-hour day. This law made it clear to those offices that they must remain open the full eight hours.
The article also points out that Biden’s home-state of Delaware didn’t allow any in-person voting in last November’s election. Trump voters were actually twice as likely as Biden voters to vote in-person according to a Pew Research poll. In regards to Biden’s claims about the Georgia election integrity laws, the article stated, “One could understand a flub in a news conference. But then this same claim popped up in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians. Somehow Biden managed to turn that expansion into a restriction aimed at working people, calling it ‘among the outrageous parts’ of the law. There’s no evidence that is the case. The president earns Four Pinocchios.”
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