Students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., were asked about specific measures regarding voting integrity. They agreed with the measures — until they learned they were from the new Georgia voting law.
Campus Reform traveled to the university with a camera to read students the component of Georgia’s new law, finding that “Most students were widely supportive of the bill, applauding its voter expansion.”
One student, who is white, early in the video said she was from Georgia and that there was “a lot of voter suppression” in Georgia, adding that she believed there needed to be a lot more “freedom and accessibility” for voters, such as “extending hours.”
Campus Reform’s video reporter Addison Smith then explained to the students some measures of “new legislation going around,” which would require weekend early voting for two Saturdays instead of just one, giving counties the option to expand early voting for two Sundays, clarify voting hours, ban electioneering within 150 feet of a polling location, and require identification to ensure people can’t cast multiple ballots.
The students agreed with those measures.
“Making sure people aren’t casting more than one vote sounds kinda commonsense to me,” said one student.
“I think that allowing voters more time to vote is never a bad thing,” said another, who also appeared to be in favor of voter identification to prevent illegal voting.
“The ability to vote on the weekend, specifically, makes a lot of sense,” said yet another student.
The student who claimed there was “a lot of voter suppression” in Georgia also agreed on the measures relating to early voting and electioneering, but fell back on the left-wing talking point that “not everyone has access to an ID or the ability to get one,” adding that “not everyone has a static location where they live.”
Smith then asked the students if the bill he described would be a good substitute for the Georgia law. The student from Georgia said “yeah, anything’s better than that.” When informed that he actually described the Georgia bill, the student barely reacted, claiming the bill also included “less locations” to vote. She then claimed it was “classist” to require an ID to vote and that three years wasn’t enough time for people to get an ID. When Smith told her that more than 70% of black voters support showing an ID at the polls, she said “Okay, I don’t.”
Other students were surprised to learn what was actually in the Georgia bill, admitting they hadn’t actually read it. One student tried to claim people weren’t deliberately misrepresenting the bill, but when asked if the measures Smith described amounted to “Jim Crow on steroids,” she changed her tune.
As The Daily Wire’s Ian Haworth previously reported, there is a disconnect between what Democrats and their media supporters have said about the bill and what it actually does. The Georgia law expands early voting and requires voter IDs. It does not prohibit people from getting food or drink while waiting in line, they just can’t receive it from candidates or staff (poll workers can hand it out and people can order or bring it themselves).