On Wednesday evening, College Republicans at the University of Georgia hosted a discussion with U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who represents parts of Athens-Clarke County in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. Hice talked about his campaign for Secretary of State, election integrity and national politics.
College Republicans President Alex Huskey said the event was the first fully in-person discussion the College Republicans have hosted since March 2020.
Hice began his discussion behind schedule after taking several minutes to travel through the audience and shake hands with multiple audience members.
Hice’s outstretched hand was well-received by audience members, who were encouraged by Huskey to heed social distancing guidelines for the duration of the event.
The Georgia congressman also extended his gratitude to the group for its role in securing his initial election to represent Georgia’s 10th Congressional District in 2014.
Elections were on the forefront of Hice’s mind throughout the duration of the night.
He spoke briefly about his recent bid for Georgia Secretary of State.
“I’m involved in this to try to bring back to our state as much as possible, and as quickly as possible election integrity, and confidence back to the voters,” Hice said.
As a staunch loyalist of former President Donald Trump, Hice added that he was honored to have received Trump’s endorsement for Sec. of State.
“He is just an amazing person. It’s unfortunate that the media has been making him out to be a monster that he simply is not,” Hice said.
Trump played no small role in casting doubt on Georgia’s general election in 2020, claiming without evidence that a substantial amount of voter fraud occurred.
Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger found himself on Trump’s bad side for refusing to confirm Trump’s allegations of voter fraud.
Hice had no reservations about questioning Georgia’s elections. He, alongside more than half of the House Republican Caucus signed on to an amicus brief in Texas v. Pennsylvania et al., which sought to overturn the election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania and other states.
Hice also expressed during the discussion his disdain for House Resolution 1 or the “For the People Act,” which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3 and awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate.
The bill would require states to offer same-day voter registration for federal elections and to permit voters to make changes to their registration at the polls. It would also require states to hold early voting for at least two weeks and would establish automatic voter registration.
Georgia currently already has automatic voter registration through the Motor Voter Act which gives citizens the chance to opt-out of voter registration when they receive their driver’s license.
Hice called the For the People Act, “dangerous in every way” and, “just the horrible stuff that in the actual bill itself would just be a disaster when it comes to authentically having free and fair elections.”
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How I wrote the story: This story was written from notes taken during the event and direct quotes were pulled from a recording of the event. I asked Hice specific questions about Senate Bill 202 during the event based on research I conducted prior.