On the first day of early voting in Georgia, voters in the Peach State smashed the previous record for opening-day early voting in a midterm election.
In the process, voters also smashed the liberal narrative about the election integrity law that Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law last year.
What about the law?
President Joe Biden infamously described Georgia’s election integrity law as a modern-day Jim Crow law.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act,” he said last March.
The law itself, however, does not restrict voting, and it certainly does not promote discrimination. Rather, Georgia lawmakers shored up election integrity by extending early voting, tightening restrictions on absentee ballots to prevent fraud, increasing polling stations and poll workers in high-density areas, and lawfully preventing outside groups from soliciting voters at polling places.
But what happened in Georgia?
On Monday, the first day for early voting in Georgia for the 2022 midterm general election, more than 130,000 voters cast their ballots.
In fact, voter turnout nearly doubled from the last midterm first-day record, which was set in 2018.
“The numbers clearly illustrate there isn’t any suppression going on. Record turnout in the Primary and record turnout is likely for this midterm as well,” said Gabriel Sterling, COO to the Georgia secretary of state.
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More than 4 million people could vote in the state’s elections this year, and if past patterns hold, more than half are likely to cast ballots before Election Day. Nearly 2.7 million Georgians voted early during the 2020 general election.
This is the first year that Georgians will head to the polls under a new law passed by the Republican-led legislature following the party’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Ironically, the news comes just days after Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who is battling Herschel Walker for a U.S. Senate seat, said Georgia’s election integrity makes voting more difficult.
“There is no question that SB 202 [the law] makes voting harder — and that is the intent,” Warnock claimed in a debate.
Rhetoric aside, voters in Georgia have until Nov. 4 to cast their early-voting ballots, meaning they have at least another 17 days to get to their polling place before Election Day.