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Congressman Ferguson plays loose with the truth


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 06, 2021 - 4:48 PM

There had been a lot of controversy about the recent law (SB 202) passed by the Georgia legislature affecting voting procedures.

According to an article in the April 3 issue of The Newnan Times-Herald, in an open letter our Congressman Ferguson made this claim: "Drinking water is not banned in voter lines as has been reported; it just can't be distributed by groups advocating for votes.”

There is one problem with this statement, and that is that it is not true. Here is what the law says: "Section 33 (a) … nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector …" It's clear to me that this means no one can give food or drink to people waiting in line to vote, whether or not they are "advocating for votes.” The AJC says that the law "outlaws passing out food and water to voters within 150 feet of the building that serves as a poll.”

Rep. Ferguson is quick to parrot the talking points his party leadership gives him. This isn't the first time he has done this. It's too bad he doesn't check things before foisting them into his constituents.

We deserve the truth from our Congressman.

Bill Boyd

Newnan