Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang encouraged liberals to move to Georgia to help Democrats win the two expected Senate run-off elections in January.
The best thing we could do for Joe is to get him a Democratic Senate. There should be coordination of resources. Everyone who campaigned for Joe should get ready to head to Georgia. I’ll go. It’s the only way to sideline Mitch and give Joe a unified government.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 6, 2020
Control of the Senate will be determined by Georgia’s two Senate elections, and Yang argued that this is “our only chance to clear [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] out of the way and help Joe and Kamala get things done in the next four years.”
Great news #yanggang – Evelyn and I are moving to Georgia to help @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock win! This is our only chance to clear Mitch out of the way and help Joe and Kamala get things done in the next 4 years. More details to come but let’s go!!! 😀🇺🇸🚀 https://t.co/egcdwqC1qZ
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 8, 2020
The two races pit Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler vs. Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.
Yang’s announcement raises questions about whether Democrats plan to exploit Georgia’s lenient election laws to boost their candidates’ chances.
Georgia does not specify a minimum residency requirement for voting, unlike most states, which means any legal permanent resident of Georgia would be able to participate in the runoff elections so long as they register to vote by Dec. 7.
That means moving to Georgia to participate in the runoff elections is technically legal.
However, Enrijeta Shino, a professor at the University of North Florida, told the Wall Street Journal that this practice could constitute fraud if legally challenged.
“People should be very careful about doing that,” Shino warned. “These are sensitive issues, and election officials are going to pay attention to what is happening.”