The overwhelming majority of black voters in Georgia said they had a ‘good’ or ‘great’ voting experience under a new electoral reform law that President Biden decried as ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ during his enactment in 2021.
A University of Georgia post-election survey released last week found that none of the 364 black voters surveyed had a “bad” experience at the polls.
In contrast, 72.6% of black voters surveyed said their experience was “excellent”, while 23.6% said it was “good” and 3.3% said it was “fair”. . The remaining 0.5% said they did not know how to characterize their voting experience.
Additionally, 99.4% of black voters said they felt safe waiting to vote.
In March 2021, Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed a GOP-led bill that imposed restrictions on voting by mail and identification requirements while increasing legislative control over elections in the state.
Critics said the Election Integrity Act was an attempt to further marginalize historically repressed black voters in the state – and an overreaction to former President Donald Trump’s claims that widespread voter fraud in the state A generally red state had led to its defeat in the 2020 elections.
“It’s Jim Crow in the 21st century. This has to stop,” President Biden said of the measure as it became law.
“Instead of celebrating the rights of all Georgians to vote or winning campaigns on the merits of their ideas, Republicans in the state rushed through an anti-American law to deny people the right to vote” , did he declare.
The bill’s passage led Major League Baseball to pull the 2021 All Star Game from Truist Park in Cobb County, Georgia, as Democrats called for a boycott of the state’s economy.
Georgia’s 2022 election featured a key Senate race between two black candidates. Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, fended off a challenge from the University of Georgia’s Heisman Trophy winner and Trump-anointed GOP hopeful Herschel Walker in a December 6 runoff.
Contrary to Biden’s claims, 91.6% of black voters said voting in 2022 was either easier or had the same degree of difficulty as in 2020 – with just 6.9% saying voting was easier in two years. earlier.
The university surveyed 1,253 voters by telephone between Nov. 13 and Dec. 6.