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Political Rewind: Questions over voting machines; SCOTUS set to release opinions; Gas giveaway
Patricia Murphy — political reporter & columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael Thurmond — CEO, DeKalb County
Fred Smith — professor of constitutional Law, Emory University
1. Voting machines may be vulnerable to hacking.
- A review showed that Dominion voting machines may be vulnerable to outside hacking.
- Georgia has used the machines since 2020.
- There is no evidence that they have been hacked in Georgia, officials say.
- The vulnerabilities were found in the barcodes on ballots.
- Far-right conspiracy theorists have targeted Dominion voting machines in their election fraud lies.
2. Gun safety debates progress in U.S. Congress.
- Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said a bipartisan deal on gun safety laws could be reached.
- It will not incorporate many of the policies President Joe Biden called for, like banning assault-style weapons and ending immunity for gun makers.
- A lawsuit against Daniel Defense is in the works.
- Parents and school staffers involved in the Uvalde shooting have started the process to take legal action against the gun manufacturer.
- Daniel Defense sold the shooter his weapon.
- A 2005 law may prevent the lawsuit, though.
3. The U.S. Supreme Court considers gun laws.
- The court case will decide if the Second Amendment protects the right to conceal a weapon outside the home.
- Justices are examining a New York gun law.
- Their decision is not expected to impact Georgia as much as states with stricter gun laws, Emory law professor Fred Smith said.
4. Gas giveaway sparks controversy.
- A PAC provided customers at one gas station in Georgia with $25 gas vouchers with pamphlets promoting Walker and demonizing Warnock.
- Democrats were quick to call the program illegal.
- But Walker was not involved with the program, so it was legal.
- It called attention to the patchwork of laws in Georgia that allows programs such as the gas vouchers but criminalizes giving water to voters.
Tuesday on Political Rewind:
GPB News' Riley Bunch and Stephen Fowler join the show.