(FreedomBeacon.com)- For months now, Democrats led by President Joe Biden have warned that Republicans were working to suppress the vote in Georgia through new election reform laws that were passed in 2021.
This week, though, they were all proven wrong. A record number of voters in Georgia voted early in the state’s primary elections — well before the polls even opened this Tuesday.
According to the Secretary of State’s office in Georgia, at least 857,000 people cast their ballot during Georgia’s early voting period, which ended last Friday. That’s a massive increase of 212% from the last presidential primary held in the state back in 2020. It’s also a 168% increase from when Georgia last held a gubernatorial primary in 2018.
So much for liberal claims that Republicans were suppressing the vote in Georgia.
Following the 2020 presidential election, Georgia Republicans passed what’s known as the Election Integrity Act. Governor Brian Kemp — who is running for re-election and soundly defeated his opponent in the Republican primary this week — signed that bill into law in March of 2021.
The law was meant to prevent against election fraud and provide additional integrity to Georgia’s elections. Some of the measures included in it are requiring people to show identification if they want to receive an absentee ballot.
While many critics of the law have targeted that provision, it’s not all that out of the ordinary from what Georgia already does with elections. Since 2008, the state has been requiring people who vote in person to show a photo ID issued by the government to prove who they say they are.
Still, liberals have attacked the law and many of its provisions as a way to suppress voters, particularly minorities. One of the most outspoken people in this regard is Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who lost to Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial election and is running against him again this year.
When the law was passed, she said the authors of it were “reviving Georgia’s dark past of racist voting laws.”
She formed a group called Fair Fight Action Inc., which has sued the state over the election law, saying it violates both the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Even Biden has gotten into the act, saying the law was basically “Jim Crow 2.0.” He was making reference to racist laws in the South that enforced racial segregation. Not long after the bill was signed into law, the president said:
“It adds rigid restrictions on casting absentee ballots that will effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act.”
Biden has even accused Republicans in Georgia of “subverting the election” by making it intentionally more challenging for people in the state to vote.
But, despite his words, that of his fellow Democrats and the actions of many big companies that have protested Georgia as a result, voters apparently weren’t prevented from voting early in the state at all this week.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.