Georgia, Pennsylvania, and the Case for Election Integrity Laws

Georgia held its primary elections Tuesday night, while Pennsylvania held their primary election more than a week earlier. The contrast could not be more clear: Georgia held an efficient election where the results were known just hours after polls closed, while Pennsylvania’s Senate result is still in dispute. Between the two states, this year’s elections are already debunking every left-wing myth about election integrity.

The differences in how each state manages their elections and what reforms, if any have been made since 2020’s disastrous election is a major reason for them being so different. One, Georgia passed an important law regarding election integrity last year while Pennsylvania refused to fix the problems with its elections.

Let’s take a look at Georgia, for example. Last year, Gov. Brian Kemp led the nation’s signing a sweeping election integrity billThe law expanded early voting and prohibited private funding. It also secured both mail-in and ballot drop boxes. The Georgia bill brought to life the recent conservative mantra “Easy to vote, hard to cheat” because the law tackled both sides of the ledger. 

Despite this, liberal politicians along with their media allies persistently and dishonestly discredited the new law. President Joe Biden described it as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and Major League Baseball infamously moved its All-Star Game out of Atlanta to oppose what it called “restrictions to the ballot box” likely to result in voter suppression. 

Both of these myths were busted Tuesday when Georgia tested the law’s efficacy and held its first election since the law was signed.

Nearly a million voters used the early voting process ahead of Tuesday’s election, a 168% increase from the last midterm primary in 2018, and we’re already seeing record turnout overall—nearly 1.9 million Georgians voted in the gubernatorial primary, up 60% from 2018. 

Remember the long linesWhat were the challenges faced by Georgian voters during the 2020 election campaign? Well, thanks to Georgia’s new voting law standardizing early voting and holding officials accountable, lines at the polls were virtually nonexistent.

Critics of Georgia’s new election integrity law are eerily quiet—and for good reason. The left’s “voter suppression” narrative has fallen flat amid the overwhelming evidence that it’s easier and more secure to vote in Georgia than ever before.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s primary election has been a total disaster. 

It’s been over a week since the election, and Pennsylvanians still don’t know who their Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate will be. The uncertainty revolves aroundMany thousands of undated mail-in ballots have been received. Federal courts have deemed them legal, while Pennsylvania law and state courts consider them illegal. The state is currently dealing with 21,000 misprinted votes, many of which are unreadable by voting machines.

These aren’t new issues—Pennsylvania’s failures were on display in the 2020 general election, where the same disputes over mail-ballots muddied the waters and delayed the final vote count.

The Republican-led legislature passed a sensible bill last year to improve mail-in ballot procedures, and prevent future problems from arising. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s liberal Democrat governor, Tom Wolf, vetoedThe election integrity bill. 

Pennsylvanians now remain in uncertainty and are left to wonder who their next Republican nominee will be for the Senate. It’s already been over a week since the election, and Pennsylvanians will likely be waiting for weeks more to find out the results. 

Leftists have maintained that all mail-in votes are secure and efficient. But Pennsylvania’s recent elections disprove this narrative. Mail-in ballots can be subject to human error, inefficiency, confusion, or even intentional fraud if they are not properly regulated. 

Had Wolf signed into law some commonsense election integrity measures, we wouldn’t be witnessing this disaster unfold in real time. Instead, we’d be discussing the upcoming general election between the Republican nominee and Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

We will continue seeing chaos until all governors, irrespective of political affiliation, fix their broken election systems. If I had to choose between voting in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Georgia is my choice.

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