Earlier this year, we were treated to endless (and baseless) accusations from the media and the left about how Georgia’s new election reform bill, signed into law in March by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, was the modern-day equivalent of Jim Crow-era laws, which were put in place by Democrats in the late 1800s/early 1900s to keep black people segregated from whites, to prevent black people from voting, and to stifle economic and educational opportunities for black citizens.
President Joe Biden, media/Democrat darling Stacey Abrams, and Sen. Raphael Warnock were among the numerous high-profile Democrats sounding alarm bells about how the law was supposedly deliberately designed to suppress the black vote by making it harder for people to register and vote.
The facts contradicted the talking points being spouted off by The Usual Suspects, but that didn’t matter to them. They kept barrelling on full-steam ahead to the point Major League Baseball pulled their All-Star game from the state and along with it approximately $100 million in revenue that would have helped some of the very same minorities Democrats claim to want to help.
And now here we are four months later, and we see the myth about Georgia supposedly being a “Jim Crow” state further crumbling:
#BREAKING: Georgia now has one of the highest voter registration rates in the nation, with 95% of citizens over 18 years old signed up to vote, according to federal election data released this week #gapol https://t.co/UUJnkvTqOy
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution (@ajc) August 19, 2021
From the article:
There were nearly 7.2 million active registrations in Georgia as of November’s election, leaving just 387,000 unregistered people in the citizen voting age population, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s biennial report published Monday.
Most new voter registrations, about 67%, came from Georgia’s automatic voter registration program at driver’s license offices, according to the Election Assistance Commission.
Online applications on the secretary of state’s website accounted for 16% of new registrations, and mailed or emailed applications made up 12%. The rest of registrations came from applications completed at county election offices, public assistance offices or disability offices.
With that information, another myth can finally be put to bed about Georgia as well, namely, the myth about how failed 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams has played a “significant role” in registering new voters. The motor voter law, in place since 2016, automatically registers voters unless they opt-out, and nearly 70% of the new registrations came from that.
I wrote about this late last year when the media were tripping over themselves to credit Abrams with the high voter registration numbers in Georgia.
The problem is the hard data didn’t back up the various media-driven narratives that Stacey Abrams’ voter registration efforts – which were focused almost exclusively on getting African-Americans registered to vote and out to the polls – were ultimately what “turned Georgia blue”:
For ppl crediting Stacey Abrams for voter registration numbers, FYI: Georgia has had automatic DMV voter registration since 2016, which according to the AJC was largely responsible for the increase in voter reg. in GA from then til now.
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) November 6, 2020
Reality check on the Stacey Abrams GOTV efforts —> https://t.co/DjKWQ2WS75
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 17, 2020
We haven’t heard anything from Stacey Abrams yet on the report from the AJC on the 95% registration number, but we can guess that she’s in hiding somewhere right about now until the dust clears:
Stacy Abrams hardest hit. https://t.co/0C8zTRpJUI
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) August 19, 2021
As usual, the media were a little late to the game in confirming what a lot of us already knew, but better late than never, I guess.