Georgia primaries for Kemp, Abrams produce record early turnout
It’s primary day in Georgia, and the Peach State has already seen record turnout in early voting, indicating there will be a massive increase in in-person turnout Tuesday.
Early voting participation more than tripled compared to the 2020 primary and more than doubled the 2018 primary. All of this in spite of Georgia’s controversial new voting law that critics said would suppress voting.
Georgia’s secretary of state’s office credited short lines, smooth easy ballot access and confidence in ballot security for the surge in voters.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated, “The incredible turnout we have seen demonstrates once and for all that Georgia’s Election Integrity Act struck a good balance between the guardrails of access and security.”
That law, SB 202, was heavily criticized. The DOJ sued Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Democratic candidate for governor Stacy Abrams said It would make voting harder.
Stacy Abrams, candidate for governor: “Their mission is to convince us that our voices don’t matter, that our votes don’t matter.”
Abram’s campaign manager denied there’s a positive correlation between SB 202 and participation. She wrote quote: “modern-day voter suppression and voter turnout are not correlated.”
Looking at other states’ primaries, Nebraska had its highest turnout in 30 years, and compared to 2018 – Ohio was nearly identical while Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial primary saw a nearly 60 percent increase. Straight From DC, I’m Ray Bogan