Opinion – Georgia On My Mind: Two Georgia Races Will Decide Which Party Controls The Senate

We did it!

After four long years of dealing with this incompetent administration and four seemingly never-ending days of waiting for the election results, we finally were rewarded on Saturday when media outlets called the race for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. People took to the streets to celebrate not only the beginning of what we hope to be the beginning of a more progressive, more unified, and more competent administration but also the end of a destructive, intolerant, racist and chaotic one as well. And while we do deserve to breathe a sigh of relief and take it all in, we are only halfway to the finish line.

See, while we did indeed elect a new President, we were not able to overtake Republicans in the Senate. As it stands right now, there are 50 Republican Senators and 48 Democratic Senators. This means the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can continue to obstruct and hinder any progress that we will try to make. This is where Georgia comes into play. Although the counting in the state continues, the numbers project that 2020 will be the first time since 1992, Georgia residents voted for a Democratic nominee for President. This is a huge gain that that would not have been possible without the groundwork and organizational skills of so many people in the state, but specifically the work of Stacy Abrams and her Fair Fight organization. They did the hard parts, and now all we need to do is help Georgia residents turn out for a runoff election for their two Senate seats on January 5th, 2021. If we can flip these two seats, we will have a tie in the Senate, and under the Constitution, the tie-breaker vote goes to the new Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. We would have the Presidency, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. This is realistically the only way we will be able to advance a good portion of the legislation that we want to see passed.

This won’t be easy, but it’s almost just as important as winning the Presidency at this point. It actually may be more important when it comes to trying to get things done. So if you are a Georgia resident, please be aware of this upcoming election, and please vote. If you were not old enough to vote last week but will be 18 by the runoff election, you can register now. The key dates are below.

  • Nov. 18: Absentee ballots begin going out
  • Dec. 7: Deadline to register
  • Dec. 14: Early In-Person voting begins
  • Jan. 5: Election Runoff

 

 

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