After Georgia voters delivered Democrats a crucial Senate majority, in addition to going blue in the 2020 presidential election, Republican legislators in the state scrambled to implement even more restrictions on access to the ballot box.
Late last month, its Republican Governor—Brian Kemp—signed S.B. 202 into law. The legislation requires ID for absentee ballots, limits the number of ballot drop boxes available in each jurisdiction, effectively bans providing voters in long lines with food or water, and introduces a host of other obstacles to vote.
The bill became the subject of national outrage, and Republican lawmakers at the national level leapt to further defend their consistent support for voter suppression under the guise of election security.
After Major League Baseball announced it was moving its All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado in protest of the new law, Republicans tried to call out the league for hypocrisy, falsely claiming that Colorado's voting laws are more restrictive than Georgia's.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) tweeted that Georgia allows early voting for two days longer than the Centennial State.
Georgia: Voter ID, 17 days of early voting. Colorado: Voter ID, 15 days of early voting. Atlanta is 51% Black. Den… https://t.co/dYf5i0qMHt— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1617716273.0
Scott, who said last month that "woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy," claimed that "The Wokes" were at it again.
But CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale was quick to set the record straight, calling it an "absurd comparison."
Absurd comparison. 1) Georgia's ID requirements are much stricter. 2) *Colorado mails every active registered voter… https://t.co/eRlwBzBmsv— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1617721417.0
Dale pointed out that Colorado sends every resident a mail-in ballot, and that the vast majority of its voters cast their ballot by mail.
Senator Scott wasn't the only person whose misinformation Dale had to correct—he also fact-checked those who claimed Colorado requires a photo ID to vote.
This is a misleadingly incomplete list of the ID Colorado allows for in-person voting (which, again, fewer than 8%… https://t.co/bGGjHzh6Jb— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1617728746.0
1) This viral tweet is false: Colorado does NOT require photo ID to vote in person. Unlike Georgia for in-person, C… https://t.co/GgpInXa1g9— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1617727367.0
People were thankful for Dale's correction.
Thank you for pointing out this absurd comparison, Daniel https://t.co/EIi0MTyI9a— rose petal (@rose petal)1617721671.0
Thank you! https://t.co/7yWBta2zBG— LILLIAN GRANT💜 (@LILLIAN GRANT💜)1617722385.0
ALL OF THIS!!!!!!! https://t.co/tx0DrDKSnc— Raul Mata, Jr. (@Raul Mata, Jr.)1617726806.0
Thank you Mr. Dale, for setting the record straight! #TruthMatters #Colorado #VOTEOUTGOP https://t.co/Qq1tdrKKly— JD😷 (@JD😷)1617721746.0
Meanwhile, Senator Scott and others were called out for their misinformation.
This argument is absurd. I moved to Denver from Savannah and the differences in the voting experiences are STARK. C… https://t.co/ILjLZgqed5— Lucas High (@Lucas High)1617730157.0
Colorado makes it painless to vote by automatically mailing ballots to every registered voter well in advance of el… https://t.co/WMIWAir7Nr— Garrett Dimon (@Garrett Dimon)1617727604.0
Because we all vote by mail you ridiculous idiot. https://t.co/pWA2swOo4r— 🧙♀️Socialist Bisexual Disaster Liz BLM🏳️🌈♿️💜 (@🧙♀️Socialist Bisexual Disaster Liz BLM🏳️🌈♿️💜)1617682100.0
This is — surprise — inaccurate but also false is that nearly 200,000 voters did *not* get purged from Colorado’s r… https://t.co/YpuvjQ6tda— Cardboard Cory (@Cardboard Cory)1617678736.0
Democratic Senators are currently working to pass the For The People Act—a landmark voting rights bill recently passed by the House that would stem voter suppression laws like the one passed in Georgia.
Unsurprisingly, Republican Senators have been vocally opposed to it.