Georgia law prohibits early Saturday voting if the Saturday follows a state holiday on the preceding Thursday or Friday. Early voting for the Dec. 6 election begins on Nov. 28. MSNBC host Joy Reid claims there will be no Saturday voting because of a state holiday formerly named for Robert E. Lee (did she forget about Thanksgiving?). Her complaint was echoed by other prominent Democrats, including CNN’s David Axelrod. The Warnock campaign is supporting a lawsuit to overturn the state law.
Biden has assured that Georgia has no shortage of election histrionics. When he visited there in January, he denounced election reforms, like requiring photo identification for absentee ballots, as “Jim Crow 2.0.” According to Biden, any limitation on unverifiable mail-in ballots was the same atrocity as the issues that sparked the famous 1965 clash in Selma, Alabama.
The Washington Post noted that Biden lied in that speech about having been arrested at a civil-rights rally. And a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama ruled in September that Georgia’s election law did not violate either the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.
And though Democrats are howling about the Georgia law that prevents Saturday voting after Thanksgiving, Dem darling Stacey Abrams voted to support that legislation when she was the Democratic leader in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2016.
Regardless of the outcome of the Georgia runoff, it remains to be seen whether congressional Republicans have the courage to stonewall more Biden vote-buying binges. More than 150 years ago, philosopher John Stuart Mill warned that representative government can become “a mere instrument of tyranny” if citizens “sell [votes] for money.” Will Washington politicians cease squandering tax dollars before they utterly wreck our economy?
James Bovard is the author of 10 books and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors.