Jason Johnson, a known contributor to MSNBC, seemed to start his tirade a bit too early this past Tuesday evening, hurling the accusation that the results out of Georgia would be entirely unfair before the polls had even close in the state.
Johnson issued the claim that the issue of voter suppression throughout Georgia was much more severe than it had been back in the previous 2018 midterms, making the argument that both Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and Governor Brian Kemp (R) had created policies obviously with the intent of stopping people from voting in the midterms.
"The level of voter suppression [in Georgia] is beyond anything that we saw in 2018…We can’t say that whatever happens tonight is a fair and equitable election." pic.twitter.com/BataCvchTf
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“In the state of Georgia, thanks to Brian Kemp and Raffensperger, they changed the state law so that you cannot get a provisional ballot in Georgia before 5 o’clock,” Johnson claimed to kick things off. “So if you waited in line for two and a half hours, got there, and they said, ‘Oh, there’s some sort of mistake,’ you can’t get a provisional ballot here.”
“The level of voter suppression is beyond anything that we saw in 2018, so I think it’s completely up in the air,” he went on. “There has been youth turnout at levels we haven’t expected. Democrats feel confident, Republicans I’ve spoken to feel confident. But we can’t say that whatever happens tonight is a fair and equitable election because there have been too many laws passed by election deniers to keep people from being able to express themselves.”
This particular provision ballot rule which had been mentioned by Johnson, according to statements out of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, only applies strictly to voters that are registered in the country where they are attempting to cast their vote but are trying to vote as the wrong precinct. A provisional ballot can only be filed at the incorrect precinct after 5 p.m. — however, the voters can also make the choice to leave the incorrect precinct and go cast a standard ballot at their correct precinct at any point throughout the day as long as the polling location remains open.
Stacey Abrams (D), who is attempting for the second time to take over the gubernatorial seat for the state, has also chosen to speak out prior to the election results actually becoming public. In her statements, she makes the claim that the record-shattering turnout for the early voting process did absolutely nothing to assist with her intense fears that the alleged voter suppression was still taking place on a far larger scale than anyone thinks.