The local news outlet that predicted rampant voting rights abuses has to sheepishly admit otherwise…
Let us take a moment to reminisce.
Sit with me as we recall all of the hysteria and accusatory promises of democracy-rendering intolerance and racism attached to the law passed recently known as the Georgia Election Integrity Act, or, as many opponents and the press described it, “The Voter Suppression Law”! – (exclamation point optional). This new law was predicted to deliver any and all manner of ghastly results for Peach State residents.
The law was promised to target minorities unfairly. It would suppress access to polls and aid Republicans by limiting voting options for people of color; Translated — Democrats. Joe Biden referred to this law as “Jim Crow on steroids! It’s Jim Eagle!” Stacey Abrams cemented her stature as the most victorious losing Democrat. Numerous corporations such as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines rose up to lodge complaints and threaten action against the state. Georgia was described as a worse human rights violator than countries like China, where companies operate unbothered by guilt.
Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star game out of Atlanta, ostensibly in support of black voters. In the process, they installed the Mid-Summer Classic in the lily-white city of Denver, to the detriment of numerous inner-city black businesses surrounding the Braves ballpark. Well now, why don’t take a look at the early returns of this horrendous and hateful racist law.
“First day of early voting sets turnout record for Georgia primary”
from @ajc's @markniesse https://t.co/fUNz0u6GED
— Tribune Content Agency (@TribuneAgency) May 3, 2022
Hold on a second – what’s that now?! A “turnout record” was seen on the first day of early voting?
More voters than ever cast ballots on the first day of early voting before a Georgia primary, with turnout nearly twice as high as the start of the 2020 primary.
That would almost seem to indicate that the months of wailing, crying, histrionics, and accusations from the press/Democrats/virtue signalers/woke corporations were complete and utter fertilizer-grade commentary. More revealing is this is a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the local paper that never held back from detailing the horrors this new law was promised to deliver.
We were given numerous facets of oppression being visited upon the voters in Georgia from the AJC. From the disenfranchisement of black voters over ID requirements, to amplifying the opposition from the Biden administration, to highlighting how many businesses came out in opposition to the new law. Now after a year of this hyperbolic coverage, we see the exact opposite of all the promises playing out.
On day two of the voting, the numbers were even higher.
Early voting turnout in Georgia's primary was even higher on Tuesday than any prior day, at 35,063. A total of 254,556 people have voted so far.
Nonpartisan: 1,943#gapol https://t.co/W5ZEJbLkN0
— Mark Niesse (@markniesse) May 11, 2022
Even with the edge in turnout showing for the GOP, the numbers of Democrats arriving show that the claims of stifled access and the denial of voting rights have been complete nonsense. This is something the AJC had to sheepishly admit at one point last year.
Following the release of another report on the law being discriminatory, the paper had to issue a correction. After giving plenty of inches of column space to local Hollywood celebrity Tyler Perry – who called the law unconstitutional and requested the DOJ look into things – the paper had to shoehorn a retraction at the end of the piece.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the new law would limit voting hours. On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules. However, the law made some changes to early voting. The bill adds a second mandatory Saturday of early voting for general elections but removes two weeks of early voting before runoffs.
Bear in mind, this is the paper operating out of the state capital which should have been keenly apprised of the details of the law that they were busy excoriating with regularity. That they nestled this admission at the bottom of a celebrity thought experiment was one thing, but that it did not curtail the outraged coverage in the following months speaks louder.
Much like in Texas, which saw early voting in primaries deliver victories to a rising number of minorities, against the promises of racist restrictions, Georgia as well now is revealing that the hype around the sane voting legislation was more about hemming in the shady practices of the party manipulators. The voters, meanwhile, almost appear to be flourishing in a climate of “voter suppression.”