Mr. Biden made three specific claims. First, that Republicans would “end voting at 5 o’clock when working people are just getting off work.” That isn’t true. No state closes its polls at 5 p.m. Iowa’s new law moved up closing time by an hour, but polls are still open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Georgia’s election reforms left the state’s 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. polling hours unchanged.
The president also charged “there will be no absentee ballots.” That’s also false. Iowa’s only absentee voting change was to say ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Georgia made all of one significant change to absentee voting: replacing the requirement that counties verify the signatures of mail-in voters. Instead, voters will provide the number from their driver’s license or free state-provided ID or a photocopy of the IDs given to government employees, military members or tribal members—making it easier and quicker to verify and process mail-in ballots.
Finally, the president also criticized “some states” for saying “you cannot bring water to people standing in line waiting to vote.” Here’s the fuller picture: Georgia clarified its law prohibiting electioneering within 150 feet of a polling place or 25 feet of anyone waiting in line by saying politically involved groups wooing voters with free food and drinks couldn’t operate that close to the polls and lines. If you’re more than 150 feet from the building and 25 feet from voters waiting in line, knock yourself out. Inside those lines, the law allows only for election officials providing “self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.”