Media Claimed Georgia's Voting Law Would Suppress Vote. It's Up 189%.
Georgia's voter suppression bill is an assault on our democracy - Brookings, Apr 2021
Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad - Vox, Apr 2021
Voting is surging in Georgia despite controversial new election law - Washington Post: May 2022
It's a little awkward when reality inconveniently fails to match up with your political narrative.
Through Wednesday, May 19th, over 565,000 people have early voted in Georgia—a 189% increase from the same point in the early voting period in the 2018 primary election and a 153% increase in the same point in the early voting period in the 2020 primary election. Georgia has had record early voting turnout since the first day of early voting this year, surging to nearly three times the number on the first day of primary voting in 2018 and double that of 2020, and has continued on that path since.
So much for Jim Crow.
But the law was widely panned by critics, with President Biden calling the legislation the return to the days of "Jim Crow."
"At a time when parts of our country are backsliding," Biden said at the time. "The days of Jim Crow, passing laws that harken back to the era of poll taxes, when Black people were made to guess how many beans — how many jelly beans in a jar, or count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap before they could cast their ballot."
The new law caught the attention of Major League Baseball, which pulled the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to the law, arguing that it restricted access to voting.
"I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time.
There might even be signs of Democrats going Republican.
About 7% of Republican ballots so far have come from voters who cast Democratic ballots in the 2020 primary. Georgia is an open primary state, meaning voters can choose which party’s ballot they want.
Clearly, voter suppression at its finest.