The great state of Georgia – a place known for its tasty food, fantastic musicians and bands, and legendary Civil Rights leaders – is now also a state that played a key role in electing Joe Biden as President and repudiating the cruel and corrupt Trump administration. But the election is not over in Georgia! Both the regular Senate election and a special Senate election held on November 3rd ended with no clear majority. And so there will be TWO runoff elections on January 5, 2021.
If the stakes weren’t high enough, the United States senate is hanging in the balance. If both Democratic candidates win their Senate runoff elections the Democratic Party and the Republican Party will each have 50 Senators each. Vice President Kamala Harris will the tiebreaker on any votes that go 50-50. So it is absolutely crucial that anyone who cares about COVID-19 relief, healthcare, climate change, the rights of Black people and immigrants, and other progressive issues to focus on helping the Democratic candidates win their elections in the Georgia Senate runoffs.
If you live in Georgia, and you will be 18-years-old or older on January 5, 2021, make sure to register to vote or confirm your registration by December 7, 2020. Make sure you have the proper ID, and if you’re not sure Spread the Vote can help you out. You may request an absentee ballot starting November 18, 2020, and early voting will begin on December 14, 2020. More information will be available at Georgia’s My Voter Page.
Regardless where you live you can support the two Democratic candidates with donations directly and sign up to volunteer at their web pages:
There are also several grassroots groups organizing voters within Georgia who can use donations and volunteers to help bring about Democratic victories:
Additionally, They See Blue Georgia created a spreadsheet of BIPOC-led voter outreach organizations in Georgia. And there is a presentation, Volunteering for Georgia’s US Senate runoffs on Jan 5, 2021, with a whole lot more information.
UPDATED DECEMBER 3, 2020
#WinBothSeats allows you to make a single donation that will be strategically split among 16 BIPOC-lead organizations.
The Civics Center is also organizing a campaign to send postcards to young people in Georgia encouraging them
to register for the first time to get out the vote.
Another postcard campaign from Postcards to Swing Voters more specifically encourages Georgians to vote for Warnock and Ossoff.
Please share this post widely on your social networks. If you know of any other resources to help people participate in this election, please let me know and I’ll update this post.