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The new Jim Crow: Georgia early voting three times higher under new election law than in 2018

I’m not a historian but “Jim Crow” isn’t supposed to lead to *more* voting, is it?

This data from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution feels like the coup de grace in Brian Kemp’s shockingly successful primary campaign against David Perdue. Not because Perdue was a critic of Georgia’s new voting law (he isn’t) but because it’s a delicious “own the libs” moment for Kemp, destined to please MAGA voters who might otherwise be wary of him. He fought Democrats over Georgia’s new voting law last year; he refused to bend when they demagogued it and when Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta; and now he’s being vindicated by the fact that turnout is way up relative to the state’s last midterm election.

Being perceived as “weak” on elections is Kemp’s only liability in the primary thanks to Trump’s conspiracy theorizing. These numbers may remind undecideds that it isn’t

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