Georgia Republicans push a draconian bill to criminalize giving food and water to people in voting lines
On Monday, the GOP-controlled Georgia House passed, by a 97-72 margin, a voter suppression bill that would greatly restrict absentee voting, early voting, weekend voting and ballot drop boxes in that state. And on top of that, North Carolina law professor Carissa Byrne Hessick notes in a Twitter thread, the bill "makes it a crime to give food or water to anyone standing in line to vote."
Hessick, who teaches criminal law at the University of North Carolina, tweets, "The idea that this should be a crime is completely outrageous."
The bill states that at voting places, "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 an elector."
Hessick recalls that on Oct. 19, she tweeted about people who "shared snacks and water" with voters who were waiting in line:
The people in line shared snacks and water. One guy is even had folks hold his spot so that he could go pick up piz… https://t.co/WCLoo0OHWC— Carissa Byrne Hessick (@Carissa Byrne Hessick) 1603151143.0
But in this week's thread, Hessick notes, that activity would be illegal under the voter suppression bill that just passed in the Georgia House.
Georgia Republicans have been claiming that their bill is designed to protect election security, but Hessick stresses that it isn't about anything other than voter suppression.
"There's no 'election security' argument for this, folks," the law professor argues. "Just overcriminalization and trying to keep people from voting."
Here are some responses to Hessick's thread:
@CBHessick @cwebbonline That’s sad! We are ‘supposed to be’ the most advanced democracy on the planet. Instead of i… https://t.co/NqqxtQRGdP— Mahendran D. Naidu (@Mahendran D. Naidu) 1614802569.0
@VFXpapa @CBHessick @lawrencehurley @cwebbonline I'd love to know how Georgia would intend to prosecute a case wher… https://t.co/cO8lEQG3Dn— Josh Dungan (@Josh Dungan) 1614803118.0
@CBHessick @JehanneMc @cwebbonline Crazy. So they are saying you can’t give food or water to people standing in a public location? Wild.— Rob Sullinger (@Rob Sullinger) 1614820789.0
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