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Georgia election chief takes victory lap on MSNBC after ‘remarkable’ voter turnout

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On Wednesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger touted “record turnout” in Georgia’s midterm elections after Democrats, including President Biden, compared the state’s election laws to “Jim Crow 2.0.” .

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough asked Raffensperger about criticism of Georgia’s election laws after the state saw record turnout in midterm elections: “There are a lot of people who have criticized the laws in Georgia. Speaking of Jim Crow, 2.0… There’s been a lot of criticism, and yet you look at the numbers from last week, it’s pretty remarkable.”

“Well, we had a record – we just have record turnout. It was bigger than what we had in 2018. We had short queues. Our average wait time in queues Waiting was about two minutes in the afternoon Followed at three minutes Longest in the standings 14 minutes Check-in time, when you got to the front line, 47 seconds It was just a process very fluid,” Raffensperger said.

He continued, “We’ve worked hard with counties to keep these lines short. Make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. In Georgia, you can vote without excuse by voting by mail 17 days early voting, and then election day. So we gave voters a choice and they responded. We had a very quiet, smooth, well-attended election, you know, with good turnout.

GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE BRAD RAFFENSPERGER SAYS MEDIA ‘SHOWED THEIR PARTY’ ON STATE VOTING LAW, DEFENDS RECORD

On Wednesday, Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger joined the “Morning Joe” hosts.
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Co-host Mike Brzezinski asked if the Georgia Senate runoff would go “smoothly.”

“Yes, it will. We’ve worked with the counties. It’s a tighter schedule. It’s a four-week period,” Raffensperger said. He explained: “People can request mail-in ballots for the process to take place, and then early voting starts right after Thanksgiving, the following Monday. So we’ll have five days of early voting, and on Election Day, then no excuse for mail-in voting. We expect more than likely half the voters will come back to vote.”

Raffensperger also assured that he would prepare Georgia counties for strong participation.

‘JIM CROW 2.0?’

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is shown in this Oct. 18, 2022, file photograph speaking at the Atlanta Press Club's Loudermilk-Young Debate Series in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/Ben Gray File)

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is shown in this Oct. 18, 2022, file photograph speaking at the Atlanta Press Club’s Loudermilk-Young Debate Series in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Gray File)
(AP Photo/Ben Gray File)

Biden and members of the media have called Georgia’s election laws “Jim Crow 2.0.”

In October 2021, Biden described the law as “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” In January of this year, the president called it “Jim Crow 2.0”.

However, Biden and other Democrats praised voter turnout after the midterm elections and admitted they went well.

“States across the country saw record voter turnout. And the heart and soul of our democracy – voters, poll workers, election officials – they did their job and they did their duty, and apparently without too much interference – without any interference, it seems,” Biden said at the White House on November 9.

US President Joe Biden reacts as he walks to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US President Joe Biden reacts as he walks to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Biden said it was a testament to American democracy.

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