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Warnock admits to signing an email with false information about Georgia’s voting laws

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Sen. Raphael Warnock admitted to signing an email containing false information about Georgia’s voting laws, the Washington Post revealed.

The Post flagged an email signed by Warnock that was sent out by the nonprofit 3.14 Action after the new voting legislation passed on March 25.

“Warnock, one of two new Democratic senators representing Georgia, signed an email sent out by the advocacy group 3.14 Action after the law passed, which claimed it ended no-excuse mail voting and restricted early voting on the weekends,” the Post reported.

The proposals contained in the email were not signed into law. The final bill expands early voting in Georgia to 17 days and still allows no-excuse absentee voting.

The e-mail was sent out on March 30, five days after Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed the final bill, according to Fox News.

A Warnock campaign spokesperson told Fox News that the senator had signed off on the email before the law was passed, when those provisions were still under consideration.

The new Georgia voting laws have been under harsh criticism, with President Joe Biden and other Democrats calling the laws “Jim Crow”-era restrictions.

Biden has also received “four Pinocchios” by the Post for falsely claiming the new Georgia laws “ends voting hours early.”

Biden said the new legislation would end voting hours early so “working people can’t cast their votes.”

Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler argued that Biden’s claims were inaccurate.

“One could understand a flub in a news conference. But then this same claim popped up in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians,” Kessler wrote.

“On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules. However, the law did make some changes to early voting. But experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them,” Kessler continued.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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