Chuck Schumer's Georgia voting 'tall tale' shows desperation to avoid primary challenge from AOC: WSJ

In a Friday editorial, the board argued his citing of Georgia’s election laws as a tool of voter suppression “didn’t survive cursory inspection,” and were part of him “desperately” trying to avoid a primary challenge by “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., for his Senate seat. 

“Sen. Chuck Schumer is the latest politician to cite Georgia’s election laws as a tool of voter suppression,” the board wrote, referencing a claim Schumer made on MSNBC last week that what motivated those who stormed the Capitol was also motivating state legislatures across the country “to do dastardly things.” 

“But these claims don’t survive cursory inspection,” the board added. 

Democrats have cited various voting laws enacted by a number of Republican-led state legislatures, including Georgia’s, as amounting to voter suppression; however, Republicans maintain they ensure election integrity.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) meet with the media following Senate Democratic lunch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) meet with the media following Senate Democratic lunch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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The board noted Schumer’s claims that changes to Georgia’s voting rules were “aimed at Democratic constituencies,” as well as “people of color, young people, urban people,” and that there was “only one early voting place in an entire county, that you have to travel 23 miles.”

“This is an apparent reference to Lincoln County, Ga., which is considering a plan to consolidate seven polling sites into a central hub,” the board wrote, adding that Lincoln County, in contrast to Schumer’s claims, was a rural area where President Trump actually won with 68% of the vote in the 2020 presidential election. 

The board also noted that the county’s elections director, Lilvender Bolton, was Black.

“The amazing thing about this is that the story is that I’m just after the Black people, and I’m not going to let them vote,” Bolton told the board. “That’s what they’re actually going out telling the people, and you know, it’s crazy.”

Joe Biden speaking about Democrats' voting legislation in Georgia on January 11, 2022. (Getty Images)

Joe Biden speaking about Democrats’ voting legislation in Georgia on January 11, 2022. (Getty Images)

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