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McConnell stands by criticism of companies and accuses Democrats of misrepresenting restrictive voting laws

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the complaints he had leveled a day earlier at corporations for publicly protesting a new Georgia voting law were not said "very artfully" even as he stood by his criticism of the CEOs who he charged "ought to read the damn bill."

(CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the complaints he had leveled a day earlier at corporations for publicly protesting a new Georgia voting law were not said "very artfully" even as he stood by his criticism of the CEOs who he charged "ought to read the damn bill. "

McConnell also defended changes being made to voting laws by several states and insisted "there is nothing remotely involved in suppressing the vote by the adjustments the Georgia law made. "

On Wednesday, McConnell highlighted remarks from President Joe Biden asserting that the Georgia law was designed to suppress minority voters and McConnell suggested the corporations didn't do their own assessments before criticizing the law.

McConnell's comments on Biden are an apparent reference to statements Biden made recently where he suggested the new Georgia election law would shorten voting hours.

The law does not shorten Georgia's Election Day hours and counties can choose to extend early voting to as early as 7 a. m. ET and as late as 7 p. m. The Washington Post gave Biden "Four Pinocchios" for the comments and CNN has described Biden's remarks as "misleading. " Still, the new law imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water.

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