‘There Is No Rational Basis’: Georgia Official Says He Won’t Enforce New Voting Law

Posted 8 days ago


Brian Whiteside, the Solicitor General for Gwinnett County in Georgia, told MSNBC host Ari Melber on Tuesday that he would not enforce parts of the Georgia election integrity bill.

Whiteside said on MSNBC’s The Beat that he would not prosecute people who were not campaigning for handing out food or drinks in voting lines. He said that last year, people who were not campaigning brought food and water to people standing in voting lines because of the hot conditions.

The new Georgia voting law, which is called the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” has been criticized by many people including President Joe Biden for allegedly preventing voters from having access to water while they wait in line. However, the bill intends to crack down on “line warming,” or trying to unfairly influence voters using gifts while they wait in line.

“No 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,” the law says.

The following section clarifies that voters will still have access to water.

“This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer from distributing… or ... (Read more)