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Georgia Election Integrity Reforms Are Driving Runoff Turnout, Not Suppressing It

The election integrity movement is about increasing voter turnout by increasing voters’ confidence in our electoral system.

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With control of the Senate already decided, many people may think the Georgia runoff election is not a top priority. This assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. 

You may recall that in 2021 and 2022, the Democrats tried to pass two major federal election takeover bills. These bills would have transformed our republic by taking away the power of states to run their own elections and giving the power to radical bureaucrats in Washington. Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema sided with Republicans against eliminating the filibuster to pass these pieces of legislation and other radical Democrat priorities. 

If the Georgia runoff results in a victory for Democrats, it will erode the power of moderate senators, like Manchin and Sinema, whose stand against eliminating the filibuster has helped prevent some of their party’s most radical pieces of legislation. 

All eligible Georgians should get out and vote in the runoff. One vote can change the outcome of an entire election. 

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, of which I am president, launched a tool tracking elections that ended in ties or were decided by fewer than 30 votes. So far, we have found 516 American elections that ended in ties. In these races, one vote would have made a difference. 

The point is, every single vote counts. If you’ve ever felt like your vote didn’t matter, remember these tied elections. Your vote does matter and does have an impact. 

Prior to the 2022 midterm elections, Georgia had been a hot point of discussion following the passage of needed election reforms. The 2020 election in Georgia dragged on for days and was characterized by chaos. After that disaster, Georgia passed election integrity legislation to improve the security of the state’s elections. 

The law was met with outcry from across the left. Stacey Abrams called the election integrity law “Jim Crow 2.0” after launching an unsuccessful challenge to Georgia’s election laws in court. Even President Joe Biden chimed in, calling the law “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star game from Atlanta, citing the state’s new voting law as being too restrictive. 

But the 2022 Georgia November election showed that election integrity reforms do not decrease voter turnout. The 2022 midterms proved what everyone already knew: these claims were flat-out lies. Last month’s elections in Georgia had an all-time record early voter turnout for a midterm contest. 

Election integrity is not about voter suppression, as the left loves to paint it. At its heart, the election integrity movement is about increasing voter turnout by increasing voters’ confidence in our electoral system. 

When voters believe their vote can have an impact and trust that ballots are being accurately counted, they are more likely to take time out of their busy days to stop at their polling places and vote. 

We are still waiting for the apology from President Biden, Stacey Abrams, and the MLB.  

For the runoff election, Georgia has continued to have record turnout for in-person, early voting. One day’s early voting in person was higher than in any previous election year. 

On Tuesday, all eyes will be on the Peach State as they count their votes. Hopefully, results will come in quickly and be counted efficiently. Delays in counting votes lead to distrust and chaos. Americans deserve a quick readout of election results that will determine the political makeup of the Senate in 2023. 


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