“A Cobb County businessman is under attack for [a billboard ad campaign] promoting a raffle offering people a chance to win a Browning rifle or a Glock handgun if they vote this fall,” ajc.com reports, singularly failing to mention that the raffle entry doesn’t depend on the entrant’s choices in the voting booth. “State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, filed a complaint Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office hoping to end the promotion, but the store owner is unapologetic. ‘It’s just getting people involved in the process,’ said Jay Wallace, owner and operator of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. ‘I don’t understand what his problem is. Is he afraid somebody’s going to get involved in our political system?'” Is that a trick question? This isn’t the first time the “gifts for voters” issue has come up . . .
Four years ago, that office put a quick stop to shops offering free coffee and doughnuts to those showing proof that they were law enforcement officers on duty.
Just kidding. Here’s the real quote:
Four years ago, that office put a quick stop to shops offering free coffee and doughnuts to those showing proof that they voted, he said.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was not available Tuesday afternoon, and his office offered no comment . . .
Wallace says he is not telling participants how to vote but would like them to consider the issues. He predicted the complaint won’t hold up.
“This is not any more of an inducement than an ‘I Voted’ sticker,” he said.
I reckon it’s only a matter of time before the Peach State requires an FBI background check for anyone who wants to openly display an “I voted” sticker. Just sayin’ . . .