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Opinion: Voting laws were changed because of lies, not fraud
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The Georgia state legislature passed new voting laws in March, and the bill was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp. This came after then-President Donald Trump called our secretary of state and asked him to find around 11,000 votes so he could overturn the final vote in Georgia. Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger refused to cheat. 

Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, said there was no evidence of fraud; Chris Kreps, a Trump election security appointee said it was the safest election we ever had (Trump fired him); Raffensberger said there was no evidence of widespread fraud (demoted by new law). 

But they still went forward with their legislation saying there was fraud and the system didn’t work — at least not for some of the election. They were glad they were elected — the election went fine for them — but not the part that elected Biden, Warnock and Ossoff.

The night before the election, Trump went to Dalton with then-lawyer Sidney Powell. He continued his lies about fraud as she did, along with some outlandish conspiracy theories. 

The company who sold Georgia our new voting machines is suing Powell for libel. In her defense, she and her lawyers said, “no reasonable person” would believe that her lies about election fraud “were truly statements of fact”.

So, our state legislature created the new law, and the governor signed it to make our voting system in Georgia safer and free of fraud. But the need for the law is based on lies and conspiracies.

The overhaul of the voting laws in Georgia is similar to what is going on in Republican-led state legislatures all over the country. They are getting pushback from some Republicans, voting rights activists and corporations who believe that we should be making sure everyone who wants to vote and is eligible can vote.

In this short letter, I can’t recount all the problems with the bill. BUT, I have read it and I know what is in it. And it is clearly voter suppression. The bill was not written because of voter fraud but because of voter turnout!

Bette Holland