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Democrats Claim Long Lines Equal ‘Voter Suppression’, Get Crushed When Election Experts Weigh In

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In-person early voting started in Georgia on Monday, and stories and posts swirled on social media and news websites about how people had to wait several hours in line in order to cast their votes in the presidential and down-ballot elections.

Because of the numerous reports of long wait times, a number of high-profile Democrats rushed to the Twitter machine to proclaim – without evidence – that this was just more evidence of that alleged Georgia voter suppression that failed 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams has been lying talking about for the past two years.

Here are a couple of examples:

Former Sen. McCaskill’s tweet has over 50,000 RTs as of this writing. Sen. Booker’s has close to 1,500.

The problem with this line of attack is that not only flat out tiresome, but it’s also flat out wrong, according to election experts:

“I’d be concerned if I didn’t see long lines,” said David Becker, executive director and founder for the Center for Election Innovation & Research.

Rather, long lines at the beginning of early voting are a sign that voters are enthusiastic about participating in the election, Becker told BuzzFeed News, adding that every person that votes early is one less person who could be stuck in line on election night.

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“Today might be an anomaly because it’s the first day of early voting and people are excited and it’s a holiday,” said Josh Douglas, an election law and voting rights professor at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

Douglas warned voters not to “jump to conclusions about whether this is some sort of intentional effort at voter suppression.”

Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman also chimed in to counter the claims of Democrats like McCaskill:

McCaskill saw his tweet and conceded his point. But she didn’t delete her original tweet, of course, because she enjoys the RTs and likes too much to be an honest person when it comes to issues related to electoral integrity:

In addition to what the election experts mentioned, there’s also the fact that there was record turnout in Georgia for the first day of early voting, which naturally means lines will be longer. Not only that, but everyone has to be spaced out 6 feet per recommended CDC guidelines to reduce the possibility of a Wuhan virus outbreak. This makes lines look even longer.

Plus, machines have to be wiped down after each use due to COVID concerns, which means wait times are going to be longer while precinct workers take care of that responsibility.

There were also some technical difficulties at some of the locations, which made the process more trying for both precinct workers and voters alike.

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