In fact, the laws providing for no-excuse absentee ballots and in-person early voting first began to be pursued after the 2000 election, as part of an effort to cut down the long lines and overall workload on Election Day. The prevalence of people choosing to vote before Election Day then proceeded on an upward trend for 20 years, reaching 41% in 2016 before the COVID-19 pandemic then propelled it up to 73% in 2020.
In addition, Fox News has been falsely claiming that the new election law in Georgia makes it easier to vote, when in fact it cuts down the time to request an absentee ballot and includes other measures that reduce ballot access in urban areas. The network has also helped to obfuscate the new law's provisions that effectively allow the Republican-controlled state legislature to take over election administration in targeted local areas.
Finally, the core motivation for this new law, as well as a nationwide campaign by Republican-controlled state legislatures to restrict voting access following the 2020 election, all stem from former President Donald Trump's repeatedly disproven allegations of fraud in that election, especially in Georgia.
In reality, as Trump's former Attorney General Bill Barr admitted in December, there was no widespread fraud in the election and no basis to appoint a special counsel to investigate such baseless claims, as Trump had wanted.