A Tale of 2 States: Georgia, Pennsylvania, and the Case for Election Integrity Laws

Georgia held its primary on Tuesday night while Pennsylvania held its primary over a week ago. The contrast couldn’t be clearer: Georgia held an efficient election, with the results known just hours after polling stations closed, while the Pennsylvania Senate result is still disputed. Between the two states, this year’s election is already debunking every left-wing myth about electoral integrity.

A big reason for the difference lies in the details of how each state manages its elections and what reforms have been implemented since the disastrous 2020 election. On the one hand, Georgia passed landmark electoral integrity legislation last year, while Pennsylvania refused to resolve its election problems.

For example, let’s look at Georgia. Last year, Gov. Brian Kemp led the nation in signing a sweeping election integrity bill that expanded early voting, banned the influence of private funding, and secured both the ballot box and the postal voting process. Georgia’s bill brought to life the recent conservative mantra of “easy to vote, hard to cheat” because the law tackled both sides of the ledger.

Despite this, liberal politicians and their media allies have relentlessly and dishonestly besmirched 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 resist so-called “ballot box restrictions” likely to suppress the voters would lead.

Both of those myths were debunked Tuesday as Georgia tested the law’s effectiveness and held its first elections since the law was signed.

Nearly a million voters used the early voting system 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 took part in the gubernatorial primary, up 60% than before 2018.

And remember the long lines Georgia voters faced during the 2020 elections? Well, thanks to Georgia’s new election law, which standardizes early voting and holds officials accountable, there were virtually no queues at the elections.

Critics of Georgia’s new electoral integrity law are eerily quiet — and with good reason. The left’s narrative of “voter suppression” has flattened out in the face of overwhelming evidence that voting in Georgia is easier and safer than ever.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania primary was a total disaster.

It’s been over a week since the election and Pennsylvanians still don’t know who their Republican nominee for the US Senate will be. The uncertainty revolves around thousands of undated mail-in ballots that federal courts consider legal, while current Pennsylvania law and state courts consider them illegal. Meanwhile, the state is grappling with 21,000 misprinted ballots, most of which were unreadable by voting machines.

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

Last year, the Republican-led Legislature passed a sensible bill to clean up mail-in voting and prevent these problems from spreading in the future. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s Liberal Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the Election Integrity Act.

Now Pennsylvanians are left in limbo, wondering who their next Republican nominee for the Senate will be. It’s been over a week since the election, and Pennsylvanians will likely wait weeks to hear the results.

Leftists have consistently insisted that all absentee ballots be secure and efficient. But the recent Pennsylvania election refutes that narrative. Without proper procedures, absentee ballots are prone to human error, inefficiency, confusion, and even deliberate fraud.

Had Wolf signed some sane election integrity measures in place, we wouldn’t be witnessing this disaster in real time. Instead, we would prefer the upcoming general election between the Republican nominee and Democratic nominee Lt. gov. Discuss John Fetterman.

Until all governors, regardless of political affiliation, address their broken electoral systems, we will continue to see chaos. Given my choice of voting in Pennsylvania or Georgia, I’m going to vote for Georgia.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal

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