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Medved: Georgia’s voter bill is ridiculous, but it’s not Jim Crow

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo, people wait in line for early voting at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga. The sweeping rewrite of Georgia's election rules that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Thursday, March 25, 2021, represents the first big set of changes since former President Donald Trump's repeated, baseless claims of fraud following his presidential loss to Joe Biden. Georgia’s new, 98-page law makes numerous changes to how elections will be administered, including a new photo ID requirement for voting absentee by mail. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)

Democrats have said the voting legislation effort in Georgia and steps in Republican state legislatures elsewhere are intended to suppress the voice of minority voters.

“This is Jim Crow in the 21st century,” President Biden said in a statement. “It must end. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act.”

Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation in the South until as late as the mid-20th century.

While he admits it’s not a great bill, KTTH’s Michael Medved told KIRO Radio’s Gee and Ursula that Georgia’s voting legislation is absolutely not Jim Crow.

“The thing about giving people food in line is idiotic, but it’s based upon the notion that, in many states, and Georgia is one of them, you’re not supposed to do any campaigning within a certain distance of a polling place,” he explained.

Essentially, bringing people water, Krispy Kreme donuts, or snacks while they wait in line to vote is a form of campaigning. It might amount to voter suppression if the bill stipulated that the water rule applies only to certain neighborhoods or districts, but the bill doesn’t say that.

Listen to what Michael believes about voting bills, gun laws, President Biden’s first press conference, and challenges at the U.S. Southern border:

You can hear Michael Medved every week day from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on KTTH. Also, listen to him join KIRO Radio’s Gee and Ursula Show every Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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