Georgia poll chief turns victory lap on MSNBC after ‘remarkable’ turnout

Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday announced a “record turnout” in Georgia’s midterm elections after Democrats, including President Biden, likened the state’s election laws to “Jim Crow 2.0.”

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough questioned Raffensperger about criticism of Georgia’s electoral laws after the state saw record turnout in the midterm elections: “There are a lot of people who have been critical of Georgia’s electoral laws. Speaking of Jim Crow, 2.0… There was a lot of criticism, and yet when you look at the numbers over the past week, quite remarkable.”

“Well, we had a record – we just have a record turnout. It was bigger than what we had in 2018. We had short lines. Our average wait in line was about two minutes in the afternoon. Pursuit at three minutes. Longest on the leaderboard 14 minutes. Check-in time when you got to the front line, 47 seconds. It was just a very smooth process,” said Raffensperger.

He continued: “We have been working hard with counties to keep these queues short. Make sure everyone had a chance to vote. In Georgia, you can vote by absentee ballots 17 days before voting and then vote on election day without an apology. So we gave voters a choice and they responded. We had a very quiet, smooth, well-attended election with good turnout.”

GEORGIA FOREIGN SECRETARY BRAD RAFFENSPERGER SAYS MEDIA SHOWED “ITS Bias” ABOUT STATE ELECTION LAWS, REKORD DEFENDS

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger joins the hosts "morning joe" On Wednesday.

Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger joins the presenters of Morning Joe on Wednesday.
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Co-host Mike Brzezinski asked if the Georgia Senate runoff was going “smoothly.”

“Yes, it will. We’ve been working with the districts. It’s a tighter schedule. It’s a four-week deadline,” Raffensperger said. He explained, “People can request absentee ballots for the process to complete and then early voting starts right after Thanksgiving, the Monday after. So we have five days of early voting and election day and then no excused absentee voting. We expect more than likely half of the voters will come back to vote.”

Raffensperger also assured that they would prepare the districts of Georgia for a large turnout.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is seen speaking during the Loudermilk-Young debate series at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta in this file photo dated October 18, 2022.  (AP Photo/Ben Gray file)

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is seen speaking during the Loudermilk-Young debate series at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta in this file photo dated October 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Ben Gray file)
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Biden and media representatives have criticized Georgia’s election laws as “Jim Crow 2.0”.

In October 2021, Biden described the law as “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” In January of that year, the President called it “Jim Crow 2.0”.

However, Biden and other Democrats praised turnout after the midterm elections and admitted they went well.

“States across the country saw record turnout. And the heart and soul of our democracy — the voters, the poll workers, the election officials — they did their job and they did their duty, and apparently without much interference at all — without any interference as it stands,” Biden said on Tuesday November 9th at the White House.

U.S. President Joe Biden reacts as he greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit Monday, November 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. President Joe Biden reacts as he greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit Monday, November 14, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Biden said it was a testament to American democracy.

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