After Main League Baseball introduced not too long ago that it could transfer the All-Star Recreation from Atlanta to Denver in protest of recent voting restrictions in Georgia, quite a few distinguished Republicans accused it of hypocrisy.
“Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting, together with two non-compulsory Sundays; Colorado has 15,” Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia informed Fox Information. “So what I’m being informed, additionally they have a photograph ID requirement. So it doesn’t make an entire lot of sense to me.”
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina made an analogous argument in a widely circulated post on Twitter.
However whereas the 15-day and 17-day numbers are correct, the general comparability shouldn’t be. Listed below are 4 key variations between Colorado’s and Georgia’s techniques.
In Colorado, each registered voter receives a mail poll by default.
In Georgia, individuals who need to vote by mail should apply, and the brand new regulation greater than halves the time they’ve to try this: Beforehand, they may apply as a lot as 180 days earlier than an election, however now not more than 78 days earlier than. Georgia additionally forbids officers to ship voters an absentee poll utility until they request it.
In Colorado, when residents apply for a driver’s license, they’re routinely registered to vote. And in the event that they aren’t registered by way of that course of, they will register individually anytime, together with on Election Day.
In Georgia, all potential voters should full a registration kind, and the deadline is a month earlier than Election Day.
In Colorado, solely newly registered voters have to supply identification with their mail-in poll; for subsequent elections, all that’s required is their signature. And opposite to Mr. Kemp’s assertion, there isn’t any photograph requirement: Voters can use a beginning certificates, a naturalization doc, a Medicare or Medicaid card, a utility invoice, a financial institution assertion, a paycheck or one other authorities doc that exhibits their title and deal with.
In Georgia, solely photograph identification is suitable for normal mail-in ballots, and it needs to be one among six particular varieties. The requirement will apply to everybody who votes by mail, not simply to newly registered voters as in Colorado.
In Colorado, there have been 368 poll drop packing containers final yr throughout the state’s 64 counties, not simply in authorities buildings but in addition at faculties, parks, libraries, companies and extra. Packing containers have been open 24 hours a day.
In Georgia, the brand new regulation requires at the very least one drop field in every of the 159 counties. (Mr. Kemp and different officers word that earlier than the pandemic, Georgia didn’t have drop packing containers in any respect.) The packing containers will likely be solely at registrars’ and absentee poll clerks’ places of work or inside early-voting websites, and open throughout restricted hours.
In 2020, Colorado had the second-highest turnout charge within the nation: 76.4 p.c of eligible voters, behind solely Minnesota, in line with knowledge compiled by the USA Elections Venture. Georgia was twenty sixth, with a turnout charge of 67.7 p.c of eligible voters.