U.S. President Joe Biden apparently could not understand the new law on early voting adopted in the U.S. state of Georgia, and puzzled the experts with his statements on the subject.
As the newspaper notes, the American leader in recent days, has commented several times on the law governing the early voting procedure in Georgia, and it has already been signed by the local Republican governor, Brian Kemp. Thus, during his first press conference as president on March 25th, Biden said that he was extremely concerned about the “anti-American initiative” which would allegedly allow the polling stations to be closed just when most Americans were just leaving work – at 5 PM. On March 26, the U.S. president issued another statement noting that in this way, Republican lawmakers who actively supported the bill were trying to prevent state residents from voting.
However, as the experts questioned explained to The Washington Post, the new law would not limit the number of Americans who could cast their ballots in elections but, on the contrary, would increase it. First of all, the adopted law does not affect the working hours of polling stations in Georgia on Election Day – they will still be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The innovations concern only the time of work of polling stations during the days of early voting and allow to regulate their work more precisely.
For example, earlier the law stated that “voting is held during regular working hours”, which, according to experts, usually meant that polling stations should be open from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. The authors of the new initiative decided to specify a specific period – from 09:00 to 17:00. However, the law also allows individual districts to set polling station opening hours from 07:00 to 19:00. In addition, one of the days of early voting must now necessarily fall on a Saturday.
As a result, analysts say, the innovations will allow more people, especially in rural areas, to vote early – previously, polling stations in such settlements were open not for a full day, but only a few hours. Now, they will work for at least eight hours.
Thus, writes The Washington Post, none of the experts could explain how exactly Biden arrived at the conclusions he voiced, since they do not correspond to reality. First of all, analysts were baffled by the fact that the U.S. leader made such a statement not only at the press conference, which could be written off as an isolated mistake, but also later in writing. The White House declined to comment on the matter.
Earlier, it was reported that Biden needed a cheat sheet at his first press conference. In particular, one of the sheets of paper that he held in his hands during the speech contained statistics related to the state of the U.S. infrastructure and its comparison with China.