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The 'Cruelty to Urban Voters Act'



In Georgia, the GOP controlled state Legislature just passed a new more restrictive election law tailored to deter Democrat voters. Among other things, it makes it illegal to hand out water to individuals while they're standing in line on Election Day, regardless of the heat. The GOP knows that traditionally the longest lines are in the urban districts, which tend to be predominantly black and vote heavily Democratic.

If such a restriction were placed on individuals prohibiting them from passing out water to pets while waiting in line at a vaccination event, it would be considered cruelty to animals.

So what might one say appropriately about the Georgia law?

Perhaps rename it the "Cruelty to Urban Voters Act" in honor of how little the state legislature actually cares about its voters in the urban districts.

Sherman Schapiro, Eureka

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