Election disinformation has reached a new stage. For months, as secretary of state, I have fought for the integrity of Georgia’s 2020 elections. To this day, I defend the accuracy of those elections, even as I acknowledge that they were not perfect, because no election is. But with the Department of Justice now suing to block Georgia’s new election-integrity reforms, lying about elections, and about my state’s election laws in particular, has become the official policy of the federal government.
A lot has changed in the last few weeks. When we announced list maintenance of 100,000 obsolete voter files a few weeks ago, we expected the usual progressive pushback. Joining the chorus of baseless criticism this time was a group of individuals who saw the removal of the 100,000 voter files from the rolls as a sign of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, not realizing — or ignoring — the fact that anyone who had voted in 2020 would not have been eligible for removal in the first place.
There has also been a sudden surge in new support for voter ID. Stacey Abrams and Georgia senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, for example, have suddenly become big supporters of voter ID despite repeatedly referring to the provisions of Georgia’s new election law, which imposes an ID requirement on absentee ballots, as “Jim Crow 2.0.”