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Democrats said Georgia’s new voting laws were racist and would suppress votes, but early voting numbers don’t support that claim. More than 800,000 votes have been cast ahead of Tuesday’s primary —three times the number cast in 2018.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says “the facts have proved me right” —the law has not lead to suppression.
“Abrams and President Biden lied to the people of Georgia and the country for political gain. From day one, I said that Georgia’s election law balanced security and access, and the facts have proved me right.” Raffensperger says.
Even The Washington Post, who previously claimed the law would make it harder to vote, was forced to admit that turnout was strong, undercutting the suppression narrative.
“After three weeks of early voting ahead of Tuesday’s primary, record-breaking turnout is undercutting predictions that the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021 would lead to a fall off in voting,” reporters Amy Gardner and Matthew Brown wrote.
From Fox News…
The [Washington] Post’s editorial board claimed in an April 2021 editorial that the law made voting “harder,” and railed against its provisions that it argued were “anti-democratic.”
“The law on the whole makes voting needlessly harder, and with no sound policy rationale,” it wrote. “Republicans are twisting the rules to discourage Democratic voters from casting ballots.”
“Republicans in many states, including Georgia, have adopted a different strategy: Make it harder to vote. No, that is not a full return to Jim Crow. But it shows a toxic hostility to democracy that no Republican can take pride in,” it added.
Many Democrats, including Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and President Biden, also blasted the bill as legislation intended to suppress the votes of minorities.
Abrams described it as “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie,” while Biden referred to it as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
According to the New York Times, Democrats are already spinning a new narrative.
“Democrats and voting rights groups said that the numbers were evidence that their redoubled efforts to overcome the law’s effects by guiding voters through new rules and restrictions were paying off so far, and that any focus on total turnout ignored whether voting had been made harder or had placed new burdens on marginalized groups,” NYT reports.
There has been a massive surge of voting in Georgia, despite Joe Biden and the media saying Georgia’s new voting laws amounted to voter suppression. https://t.co/weIOS1rbEX
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) May 23, 2022