Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was hit with a “2 Pinnocchios” rating from the Washington Post regarding her deceitful commentary on voting reform legislation in Georgia.
In a recent Senate hearing, Stacey Abrams claimed that the new voting legislation in Georgia, which was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp, places undue restrictions on voting hours of operations “under the guise of setting a standardized timeline.” Apparently, according to Abrams, a standardized timeline empowers “counties that may not want to see expanded access to the right to vote.
The “standardized timeline” refers to the new requirement for all counties to ensure that their polling locations are open for a full eight hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Previously, not all counties adhered to this 8-hour window. Moreover, individual counties retain the right to extend voting hours to a 12-hour window, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., if they choose to do. Abrams’s description of the legislation, however, implies that voting hours were reduced by the new legislation, the opposite of the truth.
Per the Washington Post fact check, Abrams “leaves the impression” that all Georgians previously had a 12-hour window for voting, when in reality the previous legislation vaguely stated that all polling locations must be open during “normal business hours” without specification. Thus, for constituents who lacked familiarity with the previous law, Abrams’s language “misleadingly implies” that the new voting legislation has curtailed the available number of voting hours, particularly when she refers to how the law “eliminates hours of voting.”
Jointly, Abrams and Biden have received 6 Pinnocchios regarding their inaccurate commentary on voting legislation in Georgia.
Governor Kemp pointed out the commentary from the Washington Post on Twitter, noting that “the Biden/Abrams misinformation campaign against our election integrity … cost Georgia jobs and paychecks.”
Various entities, including the MLB, opted to take business out of the Peach state in order to protest the new voting legislation, based upon the false narrative propagated by Abrams and Biden.