ATLANTA, GA – Former presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, is leading the change for liberals to inundate Georgia in order to “help” with the senatorial runoff race to be held there on January 5th. U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) says those people may be committing a felony, according to Georgia law.
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 runoff race is necessary because according to Georgia law, a candidate must have 50.1% of the vote to continue uncontested.
As states continue to certify the Presidential Election, the next battle is in Georgia where two runoff elections will determine who maintains control in the U.S. Senate for the next two years.
Should Republicans lose and Biden is elected, his party would control all three branches of government. Should President Trump win re-election and Republicans lose in Georgia, a Democrat-run House and Senate would most certainly impeach him immediately.
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
Senator David Purdue (R-GA) is leading his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, by more than 90,000 votes, but neither candidate eclipsed the 50.1% requirement.
Likewise, Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is leading her Democrat challenger, Reverend Raphael Warnock. Loeffler was appointed in January by Governor Brian Kemp to hold the seat vacated by retired Senator Johnny Isakson, who stepped down due to health concerns with three years remaining in his term.
Doug Collins, currently serving as U.S. Representative, has challenged Kelly Loeffler for her senate seat, but conceded to her last week. This now four-way race heads towards a final election in January, and the balance of power in the U.S. Senate is caught in the middle of the race.
In reference to people jamming themselves into the state prior to the election, the State of Georgia’s election laws do not have a minimum residency requirement for voting, meaning that you could live in the state for a week and still vote in the election as a Georgia resident.
University of North Florida professor Enreijeta Shino warned activists planning on moving into the state:
“People should be very careful about doing that. These are sensitive issues, and election officials are going to pay attention to what is happening.”
As eluded to previously, and stated in several interviews with Representative Doug Collins, it is a felony to move to the state just to participate in the election. Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office released a statement indicating people doing so would be prosecuted.
Georgia Representative Jody Hice supported Collins’ statement about the voting laws.
“Representative Hice had a warning for Andrew Yang and other Democrats seeking to move to the Peach State just to vote in the Senate run-off elections: ‘What you’re planning is illegal’…”
“Liberals are urging people to move to Georgia just to vote for Democrats in the Senate runoffs. Here’s a friendly tip: It is a FELONY to vote in GA if you’re not a legal resident or if you’re in the state briefly with the intention to vote and then move away.”
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 12, 2020
It isn’t clear whether people are serious about the vote and run scheme, or how serious Georgia lawmakers are about enforcing the issue – or how they’d enforce it.
Liberals outside the state are certainly encouraging the notion, though. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman told CNN on Monday night, November 9th:
“I hope everybody moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two, registers to vote and votes for these two Democratic senators.”
Eric Levitz of the Intelligencer wrote in a now-deleted Tweet:
“These run-offs will decide which party controls the Senate, and thus, whether we’ll have any hope of a large stimulus/climate bill. If you have the means and fervor to make a temporary move to GA, believe anyone who registers by Dec 7 can vote in these elections.”
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) November 5, 2020
Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner captured the message before it was deleted. Levitz explained that the Tweet was sent out “mostly in jest.” Mostly surely being the key word there.
“mostly in jest” https://t.co/a71Xy0grOV
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) November 5, 2020
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November 11, 2020
ATLANTA, GA – The Presidential election has been in dispute since election day, and even more so now, with Joe Biden and the media claiming that he is the victor, and President Trump and his supporters saying no so fast.
Regardless of how the election plays out in court, Republican Georgia Representative George Collins calls for a recount in the state that President Trump appeared to be winning in at one point.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) November 10, 2020
Collins is actively calling for a recount in his state to ensure exactly who won the Presidential election as he states that there were “irregularities, issues with voting machines, and poll watcher access.” Whether or not his demand will be approved, let alone successful, remains to be seen.
Rep. Collins, who was chosen by the Trump campaign to oversee the recount in Georgia, says his state should conduct it by hand instead of simply rescanning ballots. https://t.co/dpAlC8Q34V
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 10, 2020
Collins requested that three things be done in Georgia, specifically from Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger:
“First, there must be a full comparison of absentee ballots cast and in-person and provisional ballots cast throughout the state. Second, there must be a check for felons and other ineligible persons who may have cast a ballot.
“Third, and most importantly, the Secretary of State should announce a full hand-count of every ballot cast in each and every county due to widespread allegations of voter irregularities, issues with voting machines, and poll watcher access.
“We can – and we will – petition for this in court after statewide certification is completed if the Secretary of State fails to act, but we are hopeful he will preemptively take this action today to ensure every Georgian has confidence in our electoral process.”
.@RepDougCollins on GA Sec. of State:
“We can & will petition for this in court after statewide certification is completed if the SoS fails to act, but we are hopeful he will preemptively take this action today to ensure every Georgian has confidence in our electoral process.” pic.twitter.com/Zc2GYvOiM0
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 10, 2020
“Republicans stand by the ideal that every eligible voter should be able to vote legally and have it counted. [We] are confident we will find evidence of improperly harvested ballots and other irregularities that will prove that President Trump won Georgia again on his way to re-election as President…Georgians deserve a free and open process, and they will get one.”
Georgians deserve a free and open process, and they will get one.https://t.co/uTjHuuoduX
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) November 9, 2020
His call for a recount, and potential problems with the electoral process in Georgia, caused other people besides Collins to call for Raffensperger to resign over how he handled the election. Both Perdue and Representative Kelly Loeffler called on him to resign over causing embarrassment to Georgia. They said:
“The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”
To which he responded with:
“Let me start by saying that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me. As Secretary of State, I’ll continue to fight ever day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and the illegal votes don’t count.
“I know emotions are running high. Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both Senators and I are unhappy with the potential outcome for our President.
“But I am the duly elected Secretary of State. One of my duties involves helping to run elections for all Georgia voters. I have taken that oath, and I will execute that duty and follow Georgia law…
“President Trump received more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate in Georgia history, and Senator Perdue received more votes than the President. The process of reporting results has been orderly and followed the law.
“Where there have been specific allegations of illegal voting, my office has dispatched investigators. We have put a monitor in at Fulton County…one of our longtime problem Democrat-run counties. The investigation of potential double voters was the first of its kind done in the history of the Secretary of State’s office, and we will investigate any of those instances from the general election as well.”
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