After state election officials stated this week that early voting statistics this year shattered turnout in the 2018 midterms, conservative Twitter users criticized Democrats for having once argued that new Georgia election laws were “Jim Crow 2.0.”
A new Georgia election integrity law was criticized in 2021 by President Joe Biden, Democratic lawmakers, and influential media sources as an effort by GOP officials to suppress the vote, particularly among the African American community.
In March 2021, Biden referred to the measure as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” since the Democrats had attacked it so vehemently. It has to end, he continued. It is both morally and legally required that we take action.
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The Department of Justice also brought a lawsuit against the state’s law in addition to the political attacks. The DOJ and the White House still don’t know the status of the lawsuit 15 months after it was filed.
Democrats asserted that the voting law would suppress the electorate, but Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling tweeted on Monday that early voting in 2022 set new records.
‘Our elections staff has analyzed the preliminary early vote counts for Day 1 and we know we are north of 125,000,’ he tweeted. This vastly exceeds the prior record of 72k from the first early voting day of the 2018 midterm elections. In the morning, we will have specific numbers.
Over 100,000 Georgians had voted early as of 4:15 as of the time of Sterling’s tweet, which was posted hours earlier. There is still a ton of voting left today, shattering the previous midterm first-day record of roughly 72,000.
Greg Bluestein, a Constitution reporter and contributor to NBC News, agreed with Sterling’s assessment in a tweet, writing, “The first day of early voting in Georgia established a new midterm turnout record, with roughly 123,000 in-person voters casting their votes.” It is a foreshadowing of the heightened interest in this year’s elections.
The record-breaking turnout for the midterm elections was noted by his AJC colleague, reporter Mark Niesse, who tweeted, “Record midterm turnout on Day 1 of early voting in Georgia: About 124,000 in-person votes cast, shattering the previous high of 71,000 on the first day of early voting in 2018.”
This surprised conservatives considering Democrats’ efforts to suggest Georgia officials were limiting the vote. On Twitter, they mentioned the worn-out talking points.
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Nick Fondacaro, an associate editor for NewsBusters, tweeted a clip from the “CBS Evening News” praising the attendance and parodied it by writing on Twitter, “And yet the liberal media still claims there’s “vOtEr SuPpReSsIoN” and “jIm CrOwNsic 2.0.”
A local Fox affiliate’s report on the record-breaking turnout was repeated by conservative radio presenter Larry O’Connor, who added, “Jim Crow 2.0″ UPDATE!”
Stephen L. Miller, a contributing editor for The Spectator, republished Sterling’s tweet with the hashtag “Jim Crow 2.0.”
Guy Benson, the political editor for TownHall.com, responded to Sterling’s tweet as well, emphasizing the fact that this year’s early voting turnout was twice as high as 2018’s. “Double,” tweeted Benson. Keep in mind the “Jim Crow” liars.
Remember all of the dire predictions regarding voting suppression with the election legislation approved by our friends in GA, tweeted Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson? I do. Georgia, well job! #EasyToVoteHardToCheat.’
In reaction to Sterling’s remark, conservative author Ellen Carmichael jokingly tweeted, “Voter suppression!”