More than 96 percent of black voters in Georgia—a state that Democrats claimed was enforcing "Jim Crow 2.0"— said their voting experience in 2022 was "good" or "excellent," according to a new poll.
More than 91 percent of black voters also said their voting experience had either improved or not changed since Republican governor Brian Kemp signed into law election integrity measures, polling from the University of Georgia found. Zero percent of black respondents said their voting experience was "poor," compared with 0.9 percent of white respondents.
The polling comes after President Joe Biden claimed last year that the state's 2021 voting reform law—which required ID for absentee voting and regulated ballot drop boxes, among other measures—discriminated against black voters, calling it "Jim Crow 2.0." During her latest gubernatorial campaign, failed Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams repeatedly echoed Biden's claim, calling Georgia "the worst state in the country."
A federal judge this month ordered Abrams's nonprofit, Fair Fight Action, to reimburse the state of Georgia more than $200,000 in legal fees over a suit that alleged the state suppressed minority voters, the Washington Free Beacon reported:
Abrams founded the group after losing [in 2018] to then-secretary of state Kemp, who she claimed used his position to disenfranchise minority voters in the lead-up to the election. A federal judge in late September ruled against Fair Fight Action on all counts following a four-year legal battle, saying the group provided no direct evidence that Georgia voters struggled to vote in the election.
Fair Fight Action must repay $192,628.85 in transcription fees and $38,674.86 in copying costs that Georgia incurred in defending itself against the group's lawsuit, according to a bill of costs submitted Tuesday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Abrams continued to claim that black voters faced state-sanctioned voter suppression even as African-American turnout reached record highs in 2022.
"We know that increased turnout has nothing to do with suppression," Abrams said.
Major League Baseball relocated its All-Star Game from Atlanta in 2021 over Democrats' accusations of voter suppression, costing the state $100 million in tourism revenue.