Record Turnout Destroys Voter Suppression Claims

Contrary to allegations from the Left that states like Iowa and Georgia engaged in voter suppression by passing stronger election laws after the 2020 election, these states are experiencing record-breaking voter turnout.

President Biden called Georgia’s Senate Bill 202 “Jim Crow 2.0,” which was reiterated by Stacy Abrams, who called the law “Jim Crow in suit and tie.”  Even Vice President Harris alleged, “we have initiatives like what’s happening in Georgia that are designed in a way that is really about suppressing our democracy.” 

But it’s clear these allegations could not be further from the truth, as evidenced by the record-breaking voter turnout in states that passed meaningful election reform, including Georgia and Iowa.

In Georgia, voters flocked in record numbers to vote after the state passed Senate Bill 202, an elections omnibus that strengthened Georgia’s election safeguards.  As the NY Post reported:

​Early voting in Georgia’s primary races has surged ​to record numbers despite dire warnings from Democrats that a new election law would suppress turnout — with President Biden likening it last year to “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”

In the three weeks of early voting, more than 850,000 ballots were cast in person or returned via absentee ballot, representing a 212% jump over the 2020 presidential primary race and a 168% increase over the 2018 gubernatorial primary contest, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement released last Friday.

Not only did Georgia’s voter turnout as a whole skyrocket, but minority voter turnout also benefited significantly, including three times as many African American voters participating in early voting than in 2018’s primary election.

Iowa also had close to its highest voter turnout in decades after passing Senate Files 413 and 568, which brought commonsense election safeguards to Iowa.  As was reported locally:

More than 356,000 Iowans participated in the June 7 primary election, according to Secretary of State Paul Pate.  That’s the second-highest turnout in Iowa since 1994.

Honest Elections Project released a study comparing Georgia’s record-breaking voter turnout in its most recent primary election to California’s abysmally low voter turnout.  The major difference between the two states?  Georgia enacted strong voting safeguards while California enacted every liberal policy found in H.R. 1.

California is the left-wing gold standard with all-mail elections, vote trafficking, automatic voter registration, and no voter ID requirements—yet the state has so far seen dismal primary turnout compared to recent years. o Primary turnout in California dropped substantially this year from 37% in 2018 and 47% in 2016, to around its record low of 25% according to reports so far.

California is perhaps the state that best embodies Democrats’ ideal election laws.  California has unrestricted mail-in voting, automatic voter registration, same day registration, no voter ID, wide open ballot trafficking rules, and more radical voting policies that undermine voter confidence.  But Iowa and Georgia show that responsible election integrity laws radically improve voter confidence which leads to record-breaking turnout.  

After several primary elections have passed, one thing is clear: Democrats’ allegations of voter suppression are unfounded.  Even worse for the Left’s debunked narrative, these laws are proving to be the very catalyst that gets voters to participate again.