When the state of Georgia passed its voter integrity law last year, cries went up from liberals everywhere. President Biden said the law’s purpose was to “suppress your vote and to subvert our elections.” Donna Brazile, the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, said it was “Jim Crow 2.0”. Major League Baseball became self-righteous and pulled the All-Star game out of Atlanta. Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola, both headquartered in Georgia, expressed their moral outrage. Biden’s Justice Dept. filed a lawsuit.
This week started Georgia’s early voting period for the upcoming mid-term elections. Now we will be able to see what actually happens. Although the election itself isn’t until Nov. 8, we do know early results. By Tuesday night, the end of the second day of early voting, over 291,700 people had already voted. That is a 75.3% increase from the same period in 2018, the last midterm election before the law passed. It is also a 3.3% rise from the second day of early voting in the 2020 presidential election, even though midterm elections rarely match the enthusiasm and participation levels of presidential contests.
Georgia does not appear to be alone. Also last year, Florida passed an election integrity law which that state’s Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist called “pathetic”. Yet so far, Florida early voting is also passing that of the last midterm election by wide margins.
Yet, there seems to be amnesia among those who said voter suppression of liberal voters was the intent behind these laws. Left-wing network MSNBC said “Record breaking early voter turnout could be a wake-up call for Republicans.”
The fact that these laws were actually intended to protect the integrity of elections and have nothing to do with legitimate voter suppression just seems totally outside the realm of possibility but the early results seem to be proving the alarmist talking points wrong.