When Georgia lawmakers passed their post-COVID election reform bill, Democrats staged a public freakout. They claimed that this was a “Jim Crow” vote-busting law and that Republicans were making it harder for people to exercise their right to vote.
This was nonsense, of course, but the media dutifully reported the Democrats’ false claims as if they were fact. This lack of integrity had serious consequences for Georgia. But this week there is evidence that her claims were false.
After counting the votes and conducting district-by-district screening required by state law, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Tuesday confirmed the results of Georgia’s Nov. 8 elections. They show that 3.95 million Georgians voted – an all-time record for a midterm election and almost 80% of the turnout in the 2020 presidential election.
This compares fairly favorably to declines in voter turnout in other states, such as New York, where turnout this year was just 66% from 2020, and California, where it was just 53%.
Voters in Georgia are clearly very engaged and are taking part in the midterm elections in large numbers. This is a very good thing and a credit to the state leadership.
In addition, the election went so smoothly and efficiently that Raffensperger was able to present the certificate early, as he announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Democrat Stacey Abrams, the election denier who just lost her second race as Georgia governor this month, has found herself in an awkward position. She never admitted losing her race in 2018, and she claims voter suppression was the reason behind the result in both years.
Despite the record turnout, Abrams has to claim that the voices of Georgians are being suppressed. Their argument was that record turnout doesn’t necessarily rule out voter suppression.
On any reasonable scale, this argument is both implausible and ridiculous.
The high vote counts are certainly evidence that despite (or perhaps thanks to) the heavily criticized electoral reform law, people had great voting access.
In fact, these results suggest that the law made it easier for most people to vote, not harder as Republicans argued at the time.
The lies Abrams, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., President Joe Biden and other Democrats told about Georgia’s electoral reform law reflect poorly on their sincerity because they knew they were not telling the truth. No claim is too wild or implausible for the Democrats given the chance to stoke racial tension and scare their voters ahead of the election. Unfortunately, their untruths on the matter cost the Atlanta Baseball All-Star Game.
Abrams has now lost two elections and a federal lawsuit over alleged voting problems in Georgia. Her second loss is nearly 300,000 votes, up from her 2018 loss of 55,000 votes.
Perhaps instead of blaming the phantom of voter suppression, she should accept that Georgian voters don’t fancy her that much.
Meanwhile, voters voting in the Dec. 6 runoff between Republican Herschel Walker and Warnock can rest assured that their votes will count and that the outcome will be decided fairly one way or another.
THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER