Georgia is experiencing record early voter turnout ahead of the state's primary election, despite left-wing fearmongering that an election integrity law passed last year was akin to Jim Crow-era restrictions.
What is the background?
Because of problems stemming from the 2020 election, Georgia passed a law in 2021 to shore up election integrity. Despite the bill containing provisions used by many other states, Democrats infamously parroted numerous falsehoods about the law.
President Joe Biden, for example, described the law as "Jim Crow in the 21st Century."
Meanwhile, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Georgia because of the election integrity law. The DOJ claimed the law is "racially discriminatory," alleging without evidence it was "adopted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race."
Famously, a Major League Baseball All-Star event was pulled from Georgia over the law. The 2021 event was slated to take place at the Atlanta Braves' field, but was moved to Colorado, which has similar voting laws to Georgia.
The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced this week that as the third week of early voting takes place across the Peach State, residents are turning out in record numbers.
Through Wednesday, May 18, 567,815 Georgians had voted in person, which amounts to a "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," according to Raffensperger's office.
The press release further explained that lines at voting locations have been "minimal," thanks in part to the law passed last year, which sought to rectify long lines at voting polls.
Raffensperger attributed the record turnout to Georgia's secure elections.
"It’s fantastic. What it shows is that it’s never been easier to vote in Georgia, but we have the appropriate guardrails, securities in place," he told WXIA-TV.
"When you have strong security that elevates people’s confidence in the process. So now, we have photo ID for all absentee voting. We have 17 days of early voting. Just Thursday and Friday left to go…but we’re already seeing numbers pushing 200 percent higher than what in 2020," he added.
Georgia's primary election takes place next Tuesday, May 24.