Despite President Joe Biden’s warning there would be “voter suppression and election subversion” in Georgia in the 2022 midterm elections, a University of Georgia survey shows Black voters rate the voting experience very positively.
Biden’s claims during his January 11, 2022 speech in Atlanta, Georgia were demonstrably dubious, even at the time, National Review recalls:
“About a year ago, President Biden gave a speech in Georgia in which he compared Republicans to segregationists and said that Georgia state politicians were implementing ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ through ‘voter suppression and election subversion.’
“As NR said at the time, the speech was disgraceful. As Ryan Mills noted a few days later, black voter registration had been increasing for years under Republican-controlled state government. As Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger wrote for NR in May, all the data on early voting showed that Georgia’s election reforms had not reduced turnout. As Mills wrote in November, the 2022 elections had the highest ever turnout for a midterm cycle in Georgia history.”
Results of the University of Georgia’s survey of 1,253 Georgia voters, conducted November 13-Decmber 6, 2022, also appear to belie Biden’s accusations:
- 99.5% of Blacks said they did not have a problem voting.
- 99.4% of Blacks said that felt safe while to vote at a polling place.
- 72.6% rated their personal voting experience “excellent,” while 0% thought it was “poor.”
- Nearly three times as many said it was easier cast their ballots (19.1%) as said it was harder (6.9%), compared to 2022.
- Just 0.8% rated the job performance of their county’s election officials poor, while 57.8% said it was excellent.