Arthur Blank releases statement on Georgia voting rights

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank is weighing in on Georgia’s sweeping overhaul of election laws.

He released a statement five days after Gov. Brian Kemp signed the controversial bill, which includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.

“Every voice and every vote matters and should be heard through our democratic process in Georgia,” Blank said in his statement released by the team. “The right to vote is simply sacred. We should be working to make voting easier, not harder for every eligible citizen. To that end, AMBSE leadership, along with our nonprofit partners, conveyed that ideal directly to state officials in recent weeks. Our businesses and family foundation will continue to actively support efforts that advance voting access for the citizens of Georgia and across the nation.”

64 responses to “Arthur Blank releases statement on Georgia voting rights

  1. Don’t like who they vote for, take away their ability to vote. Seems pretty simple.

    Why is it only one party pulls crap like this?

  2. Voter ID would be fine if the state offered the IDs for free and made the easily accessible. People shouldn’t have to leave their neighborhood to get one. Issue them at public schools each month as kids turn 16. If you charge for IDs it becomes a poll tax.

    If Blank was serious about supporting better access/easier and simple access to all voters, he would set a deadline for Georgia to take action and move the team if they don’t.

  3. Good for him, especially since he stands to benefit from restrictive voting laws.

  4. I believe in democracy and that only works when we don’t pick and choose who gets to vote.

  5. You need an ID to purchase beer, fly on a plane, take out a loan, open an account, etc. why is it a stretch for someone to prove their identity to vote?

  6. Its not as restrictive as most states and this is an illegal voting issue and most of you whiners know it. Showing a photo ID is done on most everything in life so why complain? Because you want illegal voting. As a legal voter who proudly shows his photo ID, I feel disenfranchised when you illegals steal my vote.

  7. Just A new “Jim Crow” law that will end up in front of The Supreme Court eventually.

  8. The proper way to frame this is that there is a balance somewhere between making it easy to vote while also making it difficult to commit voter fraud. Where the balance lies is where we see the disagreement.

  9. Voting is a singularly intimate, constitutionally protected responsibility which should not be abridged or inhibited by limiting factors as with getting on a plane, opening an account or buying a beer. See also, poll tax. See also, Jim Crow.

  10. All of you who are saying that you should have a voter ID to vote:

    That is not the issue. They are restricting mail-in ballots. They are threatening criminal prosecution for handing food and water to people waiting in line.

  11. Good! More owners should speak up as well.

    Nazi Georgia is out of control with its overt racism and discriminatory initiatives.

    Imagine being arrested for handing somone a bottle of water. Absolutely unbelievable.

  12. Sure, let illegal aliens, criminals, and terrorists vote. Let thousands of mail-in ballots from heavily Republican districts mysteriously “disappear”. This is how the Democrats work, and it’s the only way they can hold onto power.

  13. You need an ID to purchase beer, fly on a plane, take out a loan, open an account, etc. why is it a stretch for someone to prove their identity to vote?
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    Number 1, those other things aren’t constitutional rights. Number 2, every voter ID law has succeeded in limiting eligible voters and not impacting voter fraud at all. Number 3, as soon as you implement a requirement for voting, it gives the bureaucracy an opportunity to throttle the methods to get the ID. If voter IDs were free and easy to get and we could trust politicians wouldn’t corrupt the system, then it might work. But that’s never the case.

  14. Y’all talking about voter id. This goes waaayyyy beyond that. How does making it illegal to give food & water to voters waiting in line help with election security? It doesn’t. But we know that. This is about one thing, keeping the minority party in power by making it harder for minorities to vote. This is shameful, disgusting, & unAmerican. Colonial Pipeline, Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Coke, UPS, & Aflac all need to consider moving their offices out of state.

  15. vagabond1979 says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:42 pm
    The proper way to frame this is that there is a balance somewhere between making it easy to vote while also making it difficult to commit voter fraud. Where the balance lies is where we see the disagreement.

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    There is no voter fraud except when Putin tries to help his buddy Trump and morons fall for it.

  16. If you can’t take 15 minutes to put on a pair of pants to go vote, I really don’t care what your opinion is. Obviously some people have extenuating circumstances, but 99% of people can take 15 minutes to go vote. The 1% of people should have an option as well. However, I do think they should have state issued licenses be free. You shouldn’t have to pay to vote.

  17. You need ID to Get a job, have a bank account, get on a Plane,Train or Bus.get a Passport, Go to the Doctor, Drive a car, Collect Welfare, Get Sudafed at a Pharmacy and countless other things. Who are these people that don’t have ID ? They should have it and they should show it if they want to vote. It is the only way to insure the integrity of elections.

  18. My long time mentally ill homeless relative has a state ID.. is they can do it – responsible citizen can as well.. . tho I agree that they should then increase availability of locations for state identification.

  19. Voter fraud is an imaginary problem that fools cling to as an excuse to keep people different from them from voting.

    Blank is right. Laws like these are retrograde obstacles thrown up to limit anyone besides privileged white people getting to have a say in governance.

    The NFL should put its money where its mouth is on this one. Start by saying Georgia will never host a Super Bowl while this law is on the books, and go from there.

  20. “Sure, let illegal aliens, criminals, and terrorists vote. Let thousands of mail-in ballots from heavily Republican districts mysteriously “disappear”.”

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    Stop it. Please stop it.

  21. The way the voting system is run, it definitely needs a re-vamp. How could we go almost 2 weeks last year before we knew who our president was? How did ballots show up from “nowhere”? When there is a Mega Millions drawing you know if there was a winner in about 3 hours. Why can’t this technology be used in voting? Voting IS sacred, but should only be for those LEGALLY in the system, ONE vote per person and no voting from the grave. This past election was a joke, no matter who won. Let’s get it fixed.

  22. And exactly how much voter fraud that turned the election in Georgia was found?

  23. I would like to know who “timpike” is talking about “you”? I don’t know anybody that wants illegal voting but i do remember President 45 telling his supporters to vote twice, somehow thats not recalled. I have no problem showing an ID but like most things, so many don’t have a clue of what they’re talking about. Its not just about an ID and only those that believe lies about election fraud but dont want to recognize that most everything else that lier said for 6 years wasn’t true, like that the previous President 44 wasn’t a citizen. All that crap about votes disappearing was proven to be another lie but believe what you want, you’re just another lost soul.

  24. Someone should organize some financial pressure on Roger Goodell if he’s going to turn his head away from stuff like this. It’s just plain un-American, and the NFL has a lot of clout. Or individual teams can decide not to travel to games in those states, and insist on playing at a neutral site. You can’t just let ignorance rule the country. If you have good ideas, smart people will vote for you. The same people who try to restrict voting are also the people cutting education. There’s a method to their madness, but it’s pure evil. Definitely not the Christian way.

  25. If you can’t take 15 minutes to put on a pair of pants to go vote, I really don’t care what your opinion is. Obviously some people have extenuating circumstances, but 99% of people can take 15 minutes to go vote. The 1% of people should have an option as well. However, I do think they should have state issued licenses be free. You shouldn’t have to pay to vote.
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    You must live in a ZIP Code where you can vote in 15 minutes.Be healthy enough to get there. You must also have easy transportation to get there and back in 15 minutes. You haven’t heard of the 6 to 9 hour lines at some polling stations, then it’s because you don’t want to knowI not everybody lives where you live or how you live. Targeting a certain demographic. It’s obvious to anyone who wants to see.

  26. LilPorkyPie says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:51 pm
    If you can’t take 15 minutes to put on a pair of pants to go vote, I really don’t care what your opinion is. Obviously some people have extenuating circumstances, but 99% of people can take 15 minutes to go vote.==========================================================

    Based on the lines I saw it took a lot of people a lot more than 15 minutes to vote.

  27. Instead of listening to mainstream Democrat media, why don’t you people read the bill. It says no one from a political party can hand out anything in line. Cut out vote harvesting. Anyone else can hand out water, food or anything else as long as they are not connected to a candidate. Media doesn’t report news and fact, they just try to tell a story that has a liberal slant.

  28. nhpats2011 says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:24 pm
    You need an ID to purchase beer, fly on a plane, take out a loan, open an account, etc. why is it a stretch for someone to prove their identity to vote?

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    Because obtaining an ID isn’t equally easy or convenient for everyone, and imposing regulations that have a differential impact across different subgroups results in differential restriction of access to vote. That’s not an opinion; it can be demonstrated empirically.

    Also, what does buying beer or hoping on plane have to do with it? Voting is a fundamental part of participating in a democracy. Buying a six-pack isn’t.

  29. If getting an ID is too difficult for you, you have no business making decisions that impact the rest of us. Worry about getting out of bed and learning how to tie your shoes in the morning

  30. Didn’t President Biden just break a new world record for most American votes ever by a candidate w 81 million people voting for him?

  31. First of all, for the uninformed the only documented voter fraud cases was someone in NC who tried to vote twice and he was a Republican, and in Illinois, where again it was a Republican voter who tried to give his business address instead of home address. This law in Georgia does the following:
    1. Make it a misdemeanor for people to hand out food and water to voters waiting in line
    2. Make it possible for the Georgia legislature to replace certain voting board members
    3. Has taken some powers away from the Georgia Secretary of State who oversees the voting procedures
    4. Closes the polls early so to make it difficult for shift workers to vote
    5. Limit mail in voting
    6. Limit or eliminate voting drop boxes
    This was done to disenfranchise the black vote mainly in the Atlanta area.

    And in 40 states, their Republican legislatures are passing similar laws. In Kentucky where the governor is a Democrat, the Republican legislature has banned him from choosing whomever he wishes to replace a retiring Senator or Congressman in the middle of the term (or death). He now must come from that person’s party.

  32. Maybe when big brother requires everyone to get an ID that says you received the covid vaccine we could use those for voting too. Odd, I have to show an ID to go to the doctor, show an ID to get the vaccine but apparently the liberals don’t think I should show one to vote. All this drives me to drink. Oh wait, damn, I need an ID to drive and an ID to drink.

  33. If your not responsible enough to have an ID then you are not responsible enough to cast a vote.

  34. Satan says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm
    Sure, let illegal aliens, criminals, and terrorists vote. Let thousands of mail-in ballots from heavily Republican districts mysteriously “disappear”. This is how the Democrats work, and it’s the only way they can hold onto power.

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    You going to use the Sidney Powell defense on this rant? No reasonable person would believe a word you said. The day you or anyone shows real honest to God proof will be the first time.

  35. Instead of listening to mainstream Democrat media, why don’t you people read the bill. It says no one from a political party can hand out anything in line.
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    No, it references political party in influencing votes, then says “nor shall any person” give “money or gifts, including but nit limited to food and water”. Any person.
    But this isn’t the worst part anyway. The other measures are intended to decrease turnout and make it harder for certain demographics to vote.

  36. Satan says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm
    Sure, let illegal aliens, criminals, and terrorists vote. Let thousands of mail-in ballots from heavily Republican districts mysteriously “disappear”. This is how the Democrats work, and it’s the only way they can hold onto power.
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    Couldn’t tell if this commenter in being serious or not.

    The simple fact is that universal requirements for voter ID are unnecessary. Voter fraud is rare and typically individualized and has had no impact on elections. Illegals and criminals rarely attempt tp vote, and no mail is disappearing, nor is any being dumped late on election night. It’s unfortunate that there are those that hide behind the support of an unnecessary requirement like Voter ID rather than stand up and say what is really on their mind or why they really want voter ID. Remember, these are the same people that made it illegal to bring water and food to individuals, especially when long wait times for voting disproportionally impact minorities over whites, in the state of GA.

  37. The laws that governed Georgia’s 2020/2021 elections were written by…wait for it…the same party that was completely fine with them UNTIL it cost them both Senators and all of its electoral votes. They are shameless losers, and history will not treat them kindly.

  38. In the state I live I need an ID to get a covid shot that I need internet access to sign up for. If it is racist to expect someone needing to have an ID to vote is it not racist to expect that same person to have an ID to get a vaccine that might save their life?

  39. You should have to show ID to vote.

    It’s not a picnic. No food or water should be served.

    Restricting the window for absentee voting impacts whites and blacks equally.

    Give the legislation time to figure out how to issue IDs to all.

    Relax, not every thing is about race.

  40. Fact – the US is 87% Caucasian. They ARE the majority and probably always will be.

    Fact – Almost all power and money is held by old white men.
    It’s been that way even before this country was formed.

    Fact – The old white men don’t want to lose their money and power. What is the best way to keep it?

    Get fools who think politicians actually give a rats butt to argue amongst themselves over BS so that they continue to get re-elected.

    Fact – the law enacted IS to suppress minority voters, and those who CHOOSE not to see that are part of the problem.

  41. edenprairieballer says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Voter ID should be a no brainer!

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    Gun registration “should be a no brainer!”

  42. The evidence of substantial voter fraud is nowhere to be found. The evidence of voter disenfranchisement is in the 250 bills being shoved through across the country by cowards who’d rather rig the game than evolve their ideas.

  43. Instead of voter ID, using fingerprints in order to vote. Stops all problems in its tracks and who knows it might help catch some who belong behind bars as well. One thing for sure we all carry that kind of ID with us at all times.

  44. I’m required to register for selective service within 30 days of my 18th birthday, check. Which means I’m eligible to go to war, check. So I guess I’ll go buy me a beer, oh wait. Well I’ll buy me a firearm today, check. The election is today so I’ll go register and vote, oh wait. Make it make sense.

  45. We need voter ID and mail in ballots should be heavily restricted. If you are a citizen, not a felon and have legal residence in Georgia, then what is the problem. Go vote. No one is being denied their right to vote because of this law.

  46. It’s already difficult to commit voter fraud and the very, very tiny number of cases that occur each election is proof of that.

  47. A person needs an ID for everything except to vote. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the World that doesn’t require an I.D. to vote. Voting is limited by the Constitution to U.S. citizens and the lack of an I.D. to vote prevents voting officials from ensuring the voter is a citizen. The liberal argument that voted ID disenfranchises minorities is pure unadulterated BS. Any form of government-issued picture I.D. is sufficient to validate a person’s identity for the purposes of voting. You will need that government issued I.D. to get on a plane, to buy cigarettes or liquor, and a myriad of other things but not for the important duty of voting. Ridiculous!

  48. For those who don’t want to mix politics and sports..the NFL exists because of it’s lobby to keep it’s antitrust exemption..for many years the stadiums were subsidized by municipalities..the owner of the Jets was our ambassador to Great Britain..sports has been a driving force for racial equality (although sometimes it drives too slow)..this is exactly an appropriate forum to speak and bring about change

  49. Once they start requiring ID’s to vote, they will restrict who can get ID’s

  50. LOL at the people on here saying “those other things aren’t constitutional rights, voting is” being the same people that ignore that the 2nd amendment is a constitutional right as well but they have no problem wanting more restrictions on that. Bad argument.

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