Georgia sees RECORD turnout for early midterm voting – despite Dems warning new law was suppressive

What happened to ‘Jim Crow of the 21st Century’? Georgia sees RECORD turnout on first day of early midterm vote – despite warnings from Biden, Stacy Abrams and Democrats that new law would lead to widespread crackdown

  • A record number of Georgians turned out to vote early in the midterm elections
  • From 2018 to 2022, the number of early voters on day one increased by 85 percent
  • Comes After Democrats Claimed New Election Laws Were In Georgia oppressive
  • Georgia’s Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams said in March 2021 the laws were “racist” and “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie”
  • Nearly 4.5 million Americans have voted early for Election Day so far

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Georgia saw record early vote turnout in a by-election with 434,567 people voting since Monday after leftists claimed a new GOP law in the state would cause voter suppression.

While the new Georgian law made postal voting more restrictive following allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, it also requires in-person early voting for at least 17 days within the three weeks leading up to election day on November 8.

Despite claims by civil rights groups, as well as Democratic governor nominee Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden, that the laws would restrict access to vote, it appears quite the contrary — that more voters were encouraged to vote early in Georgia.

The Peach State’s turnout rose 85 percent from the last midterm vote in 2018, with the first day before the early vote going from 71,000 to 131,000 between the four years.

According to the United States Election Project, nearly 4.5 million people across the country voted early with 19 days left until Election Day. Nearly half a million of them come from Georgia.

A record number of Georgians turned out to vote early in the midterm elections, new figures show. From 2018 to 2022, the number of early voters on day one increased by 85 percent

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Voters reported long lines from polling stations in suburban Atlanta — some claimed they had waited over an hour. Pictured: Voters appear to cast their early votes on Oct. 17 in Atlanta, Georgia

The state with by far the most votes is Florida, with 837,948 early votes — all by mail. There are 14.46 million voters registered in Florida and 4.2 million have applied for ballots by mail.

Other states with a high volume of early votes include California, with 441,031, and battlefield states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, with 432,960 and 362,464, respectively.

According to the office of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, there are more than 7 million active voters on state lists in Georgia.

Some new changes with Georgia’s election laws require polling stations to be open on weekdays and at least two Saturdays prior to the official election day. However, they must be closed on the last weekend and the Monday before Tuesday’s voting day.

Abrams said in March 2021 that Republicans pushing for new voting laws in Georgia were “racist” and claimed it was “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock showed up on the first day of early voting on Oct. 17 to cast an early vote at the CT Martin Rec Center in Atlanta.

Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams (left), the White House and civil rights activists have argued that Georgia’s new GOP election laws are the new “Jim Crow” — but the midterm turnout so far has proven otherwise. She has also called Republican Governor Brian Kemp (right) the “chief architect of today’s voter suppression.”

Georgia is home to some crucial midterm races in the Senate and state elections.

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock tries to defend his seat against Trump-backed challenger Herschel Walker, a former NFL star. If Walker can make the seat red, he could help Republicans regain a majority in the Senate.

Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp is also trying to keep his seat in the governor’s house in a rematch against Stacey Abrams, who lost to him in the 2018 midterm elections.

Abrams has bolstered her line of attack against Kemp from their last game by claiming the governor was “zealously denied access to the right to vote” and described him as the “chief architect of modern voter suppression.”

While early voting exceeded expectations, some polling stations in the Atlanta area reported wait times of more than an hour.

These wait times, officials say, were partly due to brief outages of eNet, the state’s voter registration system, which has caused problems in the past.

While early voting is possible in some states, most early voting to date has been based on ballots sent out before next month’s election day.

Jacky

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