Turnout Was Strong in Georgia, but Mail Voting Plummets After New Law

“We got a very quick results, there were no reports of significant failures, exorbitant lines, no one was reporting any systemwide problems, and I think that’s a testament to the improvements in the Georgia law,” Mr. Snead said.

During the final weeks of the campaign, Mr. Kemp pointed to high turnout and few reports of long lines as evidence that the law was working.

“Under this new legislation, we just had the third-largest voter turnout for early voting in our state’s history,” Mr. Kemp said on Fox News two days before the election. “So it truly is easy to vote and hard to cheat here.”

There is anecdotal evidence that voters ran into new logistical challenges this year.

Isaiah Thompson, a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, voted absentee in 2020, casting his ballot in a drop box that was open around the clock during the presidential election.

Mr. Thompson planned to do the same this year, and as a volunteer for the voting rights group Fair Fight at his university, he thought he understood the new changes. But when he went after class one day to cast his ballot at the previous drop-box location at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, he found it shuttered.

“It just made it extremely inconvenient, because you couldn’t really do it ahead of the time that was best for you,” Mr. Thompson said. He added that he had woken up at 6 a.m. on Election Day, because polls opened early and it was the only time he could vote before classes. The new law, he said, “just made it a lot harder than I think it should have been.”

Mike Hassinger, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office in Georgia, said that the 2022 election had gone “smoothly,” noting that there was an early-voting period of more than two weeks.

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