Monday, April 5, 2021

Another view of the Georgia voting laws

 

My sister-in-law in Georgia has given me some additional information about the new Georgia voting laws which give a...

Posted by Anne Barschall on Monday, April 5, 2021

Comment on her response by another person 


As Pulitzer Prize winner and former WSJ senior national correspondent Douglas Blackmon warned, the Georgia law:

1. Removes from the State Election Board the vote of the Secretary of State—even though under Georgia Constitution, the Scty of State oversees elections. It also puts the board under the control of the legislature. And the election board can suspend and replace any local election official basically anytime they want, for just about any reason—like having an honest election. In Nov 2020, that would have allowed the state legislature to do exactly what Trump wanted.

2. You can still vote absentee for any reason, but now it’s illegal for officials to send absentee applications to every voter.  The law also reduces how much time a voter has to request a ballot, and blocks any organizations that help people get absentee ballots. It also requires every absentee voter to jump through extra hoops that a voter at the polls does NOT have to. 

3. The new law sets up requirements for early voting—like not allowing it after 5 pm—that make it harder for working people to vote. It also eliminates mobile voting stations, except in an emergency—like hurricanes or alien invasion—and only if the governor says to do it. Also puts huge limits on local officials allowing extra “drop boxes” for absentee ballots, another way of increasing the odds of long long lines at the regular polls. Altogether, the law discourages absentee voting and makes early voting less effective. The intent seems to be to cause much longer & slower lines at the polls, which, again, will mean large numbers of working class, urban, minority, elderly, and sick voters who just give up and go home.

Another writer noted that the law also criminalizes minor administrative errors, such as having someone improper witnessing the completion of an absentee ballot. Complex, confusing rules scare off voters, especially young voters.

There was no significant voter fraud or other irregularities in Georgia or anywhere else in November 2020 or earlier. This law is an anti-American effort to sway close elections to the GQP.


More friends’ comments:

You still need a social security card or birth certificate to get an ID. Many poor people don’t have either and can’t afford to get them. If we want to solve these problems, we can. I’m pretty sure GOP officials don’t want to even though getting all citizens an ID would help in combating illegal immigration. 


Furthermore, every additional step to vote, including obtaining or renewing an acceptable ID, is especially burdensome on people who are paid hourly and/or have young children at home. They may need to take time off from work (hence, lower pay); they may need a sitter for their young kids at home. Driver licenses are usually acceptable, but people in urban areas (who tend to vote Democratic) are less likely to have cars and therefore licenses. In NH, college students can't use their student ID for voting, so they have to get something else. All these steps discourage voting, especially by people who are young; minorities; low-income; and/or who live in urban areas.

Regarding Fulton and Dekalb counties, and long lines, your sister-in-law's characterization is a fiction: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/17/924527679/why-do-nonwhite-georgia-voters-have-to-wait-in-line-for-hours-too-few-polling-pl. The State of GA, at the behest of the GOP-controlled Legislature, has reduced the resources for support of voting. Counties with large populations do not, it appears, get more resources than counties with small populations. Requests from county officials to the State government have been met with no action. So don't try to blame local officials, and say it's black mayors and black city councils causing the problems. That's an outright falsehood, and continuing to propagate the myth in the face of contrary evidence makes it a lie. It's also illogical for your sister-in-law to portray herself as an expert or an authority on the topic, when she doesn't read NYT, which is one of the least-biased and most-truthful information sources there are; at least, if one avoids the editorial page (the same is true for WSJ, BTW). See AdFontes.org.

The tactic employed here by the GOP parallels the tactic employed with respect to taxation and the IRS. Voting in GA: the GOP doesn't want Black voting, so they starve the voting process of resources, so that the flow of votes diminishes to a trickle. Taxation: the GOP doesn't want taxation, so they starve the collection process (the IRS) of resources, so that the flow of tax monies diminishes to a trickle.

Just because getting an ID is free doesn’t mean it’s accessible. You are required SEVERAL pieces of documentation that are not always easily accessible. Especially to elder people whos public records may have been lost or (maliciously) destroyed. 

Georgia voter ID law. Since the citation begins with 21, it's probably the new law. The best thing about this law is that an expired GA drivers license is a valid ID for voting. Many states do not allow this, yet it's the only ID that many poor and elderly people use for transactions.

If you don't have one of the approved IDs, and need to get a dedicated Voter ID card, there are requirements that look suspect: 1) Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter, and 2) Documentation showing the applicant's name and address. Granted proof of address establishes where you should vote, a US passport doesn't provide this. Military IDs may not either. Nor does anyone with one of the pre-qualified IDs have to prove they're registered to vote.  So why are these obstacle created for the "undocumented"?

Note also: "You are not required to provide identification when you vote absentee by mail." That's odd. Common sense tells you that committing a crime in person is riskier than doing it remotely. So requiring an ID for voting in person but not absentee is backwards. Their reasons for this are suspect. Security on absentee ballots has always been loose. Republican states never cared much about that before because absentee votes were predominantly cast Republican: elderly, people who travel, people who own multiple residences.

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/georgia_voter_identification_requirements2

NPR today says early voting can be on either Saturday or Sunday in Georgia- but not both. Where I live in NC there is early voting on BOTH Saturday and Sunday.

"Georgia gives free voter id's and has for years. It's insulting and racist to assume poor minorities are unable to get id's."

This is a favorite phony argument among Republicans. The whole point of Voter ID laws is to create a time-consuming obstacle to voting for people who do not have a current drivers license. These are heavily urban dwellers and the poor, groups that vote 70% or more Democratic. Creating a burden that falls disproportionately upon the other party's voters is the entire purpose of Voter ID laws.

Georgia voter ID law. Since the citation begins with 21, it's probably the new law. The best thing about this law is that an expired GA drivers license is a valid ID for voting. Many states do not allow this, yet it's the only ID that many poor and elderly people use for transactions.

If you don't have one of the approved IDs, and need to get a dedicated Voter ID card, there are requirements that look suspect: 1) Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter, and 2) Documentation showing the applicant's name and address. Granted proof of address establishes where you should vote, a US passport doesn't provide this. Military IDs may not either. Nor does anyone with one of the pre-qualified IDs have to prove they're registered to vote.  So why are these obstacle created for the "undocumented"?

Note also: "You are not required to provide identification when you vote absentee by mail." That's odd. Common sense tells you that committing a crime in person is riskier than doing it remotely. So requiring an ID for voting in person but not absentee is backwards. Their reasons for this are suspect. Security on absentee ballots has always been loose. Republican states never cared much about that before because absentee votes were predominantly cast Republican: elderly, people who travel, people who own multiple residences.

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/georgia_voter_identification_requirements2

Articles  about long lines for voting in Georgia



Wapo commentary on Governor Kemp





Monday, March 29, 2021

Photoshoot from January of 2020

These were pix from a photoshoot in January of 2020, where I was playing a medical patient.  A lot of people tell me I look like my mom.  I definitely see it in some of these pix.  That always scares me because I have so many memories of her in dementia, alas.





 

Friday, March 26, 2021

some more photos


I also got excited about these mushroom photos at one time -- scroll thru














The most artistic photos I've taken?


A friend challenged me to identify the most artistic photo that I have taken with my cell phone.  Uggh. I've taken *so* many pictures.  I did identify some that I thought were artistic.  Some are collages of photos that I took at the same time



It seems that chiaroscuro strikes me as artistic


Too bad this first one was with my old phone. The light caught the fountain in an incredible way.


Posted by Anne Barschall on Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Posted by Anne Barschall on Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Posted by Anne Barschall on Tuesday, September 24, 2019


A professional photographer got really excited about the center one in this collage.


Posted by Anne Barschall on Thursday, October 22, 2020


 






This was a floodlight shining through the snow



Link to the mushroom photos

https://annebarschall.blogspot.com/2021/03/some-more-photos.html

Some photo editing



It's actually only some of these that I really like, e.g. the panoramas of the pond.


I've taken so many photos of these mountains. This might not really be the best one.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2019 Updates

 News from 2019

(deleted from my ongoing blog and made into a separate post


recent performances 

  • 12/21/19 performing with Cherub Improv at the Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, NJ
  • Concert with Bronx County Chorus 12/8/19 4pm, 1st Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck my blog about this concert
  • 11/27/19 recording VO for undisclosed commercial https://wavestudios.co.uk/
  • 11/23/19 filming "Fate" d S Rego, Brooklyn -- playing Lachesis
  • 11/21/19 rehearsing for Fates scene d S Rego
  • 11/16/19 sang in outreach concert with Bronx County Chorus at Amber Court Assisted Living Facility, Bronx, NY 
  • 11/13/19 participated in Magnet Megawatt Mixer, Magnet Theater 
  • 11/10/19 Cherub performance at NYU Langone was canceled
  • 10/17/19  My episode of The Creeping Hour, "Big Shoes," sponsored by #WGBH, drops at https://thecreepinghour.org/  More here https://annebarschall.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-creeping-hour.html
  • 10/14/19 assisted in Cherub Improv workshop at Kendal-on-Hudson, Sleepy Hollow, NY, d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 9/4/19 performed with Cherub Improv at Gilda's Glub, 195 W Houston, NYC d Evie Aronson
  •  “Turkeys go on Strike”  part of the Dreamup Festival at The Theatre for the New City 8/25 2pm; 8/26 9pm; 8/27 6:30pm; 8/28 9pm; 8/29 9pm; 8/31 8pm; 9/1 5pm  -- more information at this link
  • 8/15/19 9pm; 8/17/19 1:30 pm; 8/18/19 6:30 pm; "Boy in the Window" by Jones Price Daniels, Hudson Guild Theater (part of Summerfest) more information at this link
  • 7/28/19 performed with Cherub Improv at NYC Langone
  • 7/9/19 performed in the Megawatt Musical Mixer at the Magnet Theater in NYC
  • 7/9/19 recording undisclosed VO gig in NYC
  • 6/29/19 6pm Musical Improv Level 2 class show Striker Theater, PIT Theater FB Event Link
  • 6/11/19 performed in Magnet Theater musical mixer
  • 5/18/19 3pm & 5pm; 5/20/19 1pm played the Guard in "Twelve Angry Women", Alpha NYC, Producer's Club d Elizabeth Aquino
  • 5/17/19 attended premier of "Karate Christmas Miracle" at the Hoboken Film festival -- I have a small supporting role in this movie -- just want to congratulate Julie McCullough for an outstanding performance
  • 5/14/19 Cherub BBBS workshop d Michelle Francesca Thomas -- at Nickelodeon
  • 5/5 4pm Bronx County Chorus, First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck More info Poor Unfortunate Souls SoloNarrator solo
  • 4/27/19 Outreach concert for Bronx County Chorus Amber court, 1800 Waring Avenue, Pelham manor, N.Y.  
  • 4/18/19 assisted in Cherub BBBS workshop at American Eagle d Michelle Francesca Thomas
  • 4/13/19 filming "Wax Castles of Love" d Amir Royale -- playing elderly astronaut
  • 4/8/19 Outreach concert for Bronx County Chorus, Kings Harbor Multicare Center, d. C Aquino Ave 7pm
  • 4/7/19 Wizard of Oz -- team B -- Producer's Club 4:25 pm and 5:15 pm
  • 3/23/19 filming "Rose (Older)" from "Clock and Life" d. Chengjin Zhuang
  • 3/16/19 performed with Cherub Improv at Kessler Rehab, West Orange, NJ d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 3/10/19 performed with Cherub Improv at NYU Langone d Evie Aronson
  • 2/18/19 participated in an outreach workshop with Cherub Improv at Kendal on Hudson, Sleepy Hollow NY d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 2/16/19 Performed with Cherub Improv at Kessler, West Orange, NJ d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 2/10/19 Performed with Cherub Improv at NYU Langone d Michael Condon
  • 2/6/19 participated in Magnet Megawatt mixer
  • 2/5/19 participated in Magnet Musical Mixer
  • 1/30/19 and 1/31/19 filming undisclosed commercial in White Plains -- I now have the video for these commercials, which I can share privately, but not on social media.  If you want to see them, let me know.
  • 1/27/19 Diversity Improv Jam at UCBeast blog here Penultimate Diversity Jam
  • 1/19/19 Playing Ms Pyne in filming of "Fallout" d Andrew Greil p Mackensie Orr
  • 1/17/19 reception for my art show "Spirals and Loops" at the Borough Park Library, Brooklyn NY  This reception goes until Valentine's day. Flyer here Flyer on Instagram
  • 1/11/19 performed in "Sleeping Ugly" at Westchester School for Special Needs
  • 1/10/19 performed in "Sleeping Ugly" at Cooke Academy
  • 1/8/19 performed in Magnet Musical Mixer 

    Performance courses completed
    • Eurhythmics for seniors, with Leslie Purcell Upchurch, Lucy Moses School of Music
    • 2/2/19 Misha Calvert Actor's Connection
    • 11/10/19 Cherub Improv Rehearsal
    • September 2019 -- Diversity Training at Central Casting (online course)
    • 10/6/19 Costar Festival at Paul Michael's The Network featuring Joanne Levenger and Kimberly Graham
    • Musical Improv II 5/9/19-6/29/19 PIT Theater, Katie Hammond instructor
    • 6/11/19 Dance class with James T. Lane
    • 3/22/19 Dance Class with James T. Lane
    • 3/21/19 Voiceover Class with Lisa Fischoff at https://www.thenetworknyc.com/
    • 3/20/19 Scene Class with Allison Kirschner at https://www.thenetworknyc.com/
    Art Shows


    Shows & Media consumed this year
    • Plays and musicals: "Kiss Me Kate" 5/14/19 Studio 54 Theater, "Aladdin" 3/30/19 New Amsterdam Theater; "My Fair Lady" 2/27/19 Lincoln Center Theater
    • albums or singles bought recently: "Dive Bar Saints" by Home Free; "Velvet: Side A" by Adam Lambert; "Glam Nation" by Adam Lambert; One single by Dimash, 5 Singles by Adam Lambert; "Too Darn Hot" featuring James T Lane, Jonathan Young "Villains,"  Jackie Evancho "The Debut," Hosier "Wasteland, Baby," Avi Kaplan "Change on the Rise," Adam Lambert "Original High" album, Adam Lambert "Feel Something," Rag 'n' Bone Man "Human" album, Conchita Wurst "From Vienna With Love," 
    • film festival: "Love in Kilnerry"  Soho Film Festival, this was a great movie.  More info; "It Takes a Lunatic" Tribeca Film Festival lunatic selfie 1 lunatic selfie 2; "Karate Christmas Miracle" Hoboken International Film Festival (I'm in this movie)
    • movies seen in theaters recently: Frozen II, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Maleficent 2, Moonstones by Nicola Rose, Dark Phoenix, Alita Battle Angel, Captain Marvel, Josh Groban MSG Concert Movie (better sound than the original), How to Train Your Dragon 3, Mary Poppins returns, Aquaman, Spiderman into the Spiderverse
    • Also have NY philharmonic subscription
    • Concerts & Live Shows attended:  Josh Groban MSG 6/15/19; Chris Isaak 7/28/19 The Paramount, Long Island; Queen & Adam Lambert MSG 8/7/19; Igor Krutoy 10/26/19 Barclays Center; Julie Reumert Weill Concert Hall 11/8/19, Greyson Chance 11/9/19 Sony Hall, Home Free 11/10/19 Town Hall Theatre; Dimash 12/10/19 Barclays Center; Adam Lamber 12/15/19 Foxwoods, NY Theater Ballet "Nutcracker" 12/22/19 Tarrytown Music Hall
    Legal courses completed
    • 11/13/19 Fall One Day Program, NYIPLA
    • 9/16/19 "How Leadership Can Create Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession" United CLE online
    • 9/12/19 "Hot Topics in Copyright Law" United CLE online
    • 7/5/19 "Ethical Considerations of Clergy Confidentiality" -- United CLE online
    • 6/10/19 Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-Plea and Pre-sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies -- United CLE online
    • 5/20/19 "The Cutting Edge of Cryptocurrency" sponsored by the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Dartmouth Club of NY, and Women of Dartmouth, at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    • 5/13/19 "Owners Agreements for Start-ups and Relatively New Companies" United CLE online
    • JPPCLE 5/2/19 Crowne Plaza Times Square, NYC
    • 4/18/19 "Top 10 Things You Should Tell Your Startup Client" United CLE online
    • TSI Symposium: China, the U.S., and Global Trade Secrets Enforcement; Brooklyn Law School 3/27/18
    Legal other
    • filed amicus brief with SCOTUS in favor of petition for certiorari in InvestPIC v SAP

    Vacation blog