In a shift from its typical content, fashion giant Vogue publishes a piece that serves as a “guide” for the election reform bill passed in Georgia.
Beginning with an anecdote that state troopers, “arrested Democratic state representative Park Cannon for knocking on Republican governor Brian Kemp’s statehouse office door as he signed a sweeping, highly controversial elections bill into law behind closed doors.”, Vogue sets the scene for the negative description of the “Election Integrity Act of 2021”.
According to reports on the incident, Cannon was disturbing televised remarks and refused to stop knocking after being warned that she was disturbing the proceedings. After being detained she stomped on the officer’s feet and tried to kick with her heels.
CNN reported that the arrest affidavit stated that the accused “did knowingly and willfully hinder Officer E. Dorval and Officer G. Sanchez of the Capitol PD, a law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge or the officer’s official duties by Use of Threats of Violence, violence to the person of said officer by stomping on LT Langford foot three times during the apprehension and as she was being escorted out of the property. The accused continued on kicking LT Langford with her heels.”
According to ABC7, Cannon was charged with two felonies upon her arrest.
The article calls the bill “frightening” in the title, then provides little detail in what the bill actually entails under the section called “What is the content of the bill?”, only claiming,
“The bill puts into place new voter-identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, and makes it a literal crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water.”
In the full text of the bill, it states that “[n]o person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person 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…”
In other words, political entities outside of poll workers are not allowed to distribute any materials including food or water, because of the increased risk of influencing a voter.
The bill elaborates further stating that poll workers can provide, “self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.”
Other than the singular paragraph, the article provides no more “guidance” to what the bill actually says.
When answering the question “What effect could the bill have on Georgia voters?”, the article issues an outrageously ominous conclusion, warning readers of future Republican laws similar to Georgia’s.
“The bill also sets a potentially dangerous precedent, given how many other states are also seeking to pass voter-restriction laws.”