Last year, Georgia’s legislature passed a sensible bill to improve election integrity by correcting loose rules on ballot drop boxes and requiring identification markers be used to request a mail-in ballot. Early voting at government buildings now begins later, but the total hours of early voting has actually grown.
But to listen to Joe Biden and Stacy Abrams, it was the return of Jim Crow. “We are the worst state in the country to live,” Abrams proclaimed.
Some companies buckled. Delta Air Lines called it an attempt to “restrict voting rights,” even though its own attorneys helped craft the final bill. Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game out of state.
James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, proclaimed the bill was “designed to limit” the right to vote: “This legislation is unacceptable. It is a step backwards.”
Well, the votes are in – and there were a LOT of them. Far from turnout falling, Georgia set an all-time record on November 8 at nearly 80% of the 2020 presidential turnout. Compare that to New York’s 66% turnout, or California’s 53%. Early voting turnout has hit another all-time record ahead of Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff. The November 8 election ran so smoothly that it was certified early. Not even Stacy Abrams, who lost for governor by seven points this time, is screaming “voter suppression.”
The Honest Elections Project, a nationwide watchdog group, has taken out a full-page ad in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to ask Coke’s brass to apologize. “Coke chose woke politics over the people of Georgia.”
Bravo to HEP for holding woke corporate executives accountable. We will let you know if/when that apology arrives.