Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock admitted to signing off on false information in a third-party advocacy group’s email that was sent out about the Georgia voting law after it passed.
According to a Washington Post report, an email signed by Warnock from the liberal nonprofit 3.14 action was flagged as an example of Democratic misinformation about the Georgia voting reforms as it claimed the new law that restricted the weekend early and ended no-excuse mail voting.
REPORT: Senator Warnock Admits He Promoted False Information About Georgia’s Voting Law https://t.co/m0tmVW0FAE
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 12, 2021
The Washington Post reported, “Sen. Raphael G. 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 — also early proposals that did not become law.”
According to reports, those ideas were considered. However, it did not make it into the final bill, which actually expands early voting in Georgia to 17 days, including two Saturdays. The law also still allows no-excuse absentee voting, despite the shorter window of 67 days to apply.
Said statement made by Warnock went out on March 30, five days after Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed the final bill into law.
2020 Election Integrity: Georgia – New – @Poynter author @AmySherman1 writes "The law makes changes voting by mail in ways that could reduce access, such as limiting the number of ballot drop boxes."https://t.co/f6zQ8O9LIE https://t.co/3AKxVTRVCd pic.twitter.com/txxIpris6i
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) April 12, 2021
Meanwhile, a Warnock campaign spokesperson told Fox News it allowed the text of the group’s email before Kemp signed the bill and while the provisions of the law were still under consideration. The spokesperson also noted that the Georgia Senate passed a bill to end no-excuse absentee voting earlier in March, and the Georgia House originally proposed restricting weekend early voting.
However, neither of these provisions made it into the final bill, as the 3.14 Action statement Warnock signed appeared to claim.
The law has been the subject of violent controversy, with President Biden and other Democrats comparing it to racist “Jim Crow”-era restrictions. Kemp and other state Republicans have pushed back on the criticism and said the reforms establish voting integrity.
Biden has also distributed false information about the recent law, which made him earn Four Pinocchios from The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker for claiming the law limits voting hours.
The effects of the law have already economically hurt Georgia. This traces back to liberal pressure and outrage from Georgia-based corporations such as Delta, Coca-Cola, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, which moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta’s Trust Park, which is said to cost up to an estimated $100 million in potential revenue.
Warnock added that he was disappointed by MLB’s decision. However, he framed the said decision as if it was the fault of Republicans and calling it an “unfortunate” consequence of the voting bill.
Warnock said in a statement, “It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head-on and hand-in-hand with the community.”
.@SenatorWarnock: “It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on, and hand-in-hand with the community.” #gapol pic.twitter.com/N6Nqf3hVpW
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 2, 2021
The new Georgia lawmaker is an avid supporter of the For The People Act, a sweeping national voting bill that Republicans have slammed as a massive federal overreach and Democratic power grab.