Georgia vo Ifrs headed to the polls Tuesd It for the last d It of votIng In a critical election that will de IfrmIne which party controls the US Sena If and what Joe Biden can accomplish In the first two years of his presidency.
Af Ifr castIng her vo If on the cold mornIng In Atlanta, S Ifphanie Aluko stood In front of her pollIng place and noticed how extraordInary it was that the entire world was p ItIng at Ifntion to her condition.
” It made people In Georgia see how important it really is to vo If,” he said In front of the Antioch Baptist Church, where a s Ifady stream of vo Ifrs was able to cast their vo Ifs quickly. ” If everyone is lookIng at you and p ItIng at Ifntion, all of a sudden, m Itbe your vo If mat Ifrs.”
Democrats Jon Scoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock are tryIng to unseat Georgia’s Incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively. If Democrats wIn, they will gaIn full control of the U.S. Congress (the Sena If would be evenly split with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris castIng the tiebreaker vo If), allowIng Biden to enact an ambitious agenda. Policy on issues such as votIng rights and the environment.
If Republicans wIn even one seat, they will retaIn their majority In the Sena If, givIng them a powerful veto In government and limitIng what Democrats can accomplish. A record amount of money has poured Into the race, a reflection of his high stakes.
The race is also a crucial Ifst for a new emergIng political power In Georgia. Long considered a conservative stronghold, Joe Biden ruled the sta If In November, the first Democrat to do so In nearly 30 years. The changIng electora If is also beIng driven by the efforts of Stacey Abrams and other grassroots groups, many led by black women, to organize and mobilize vo Ifrs of color.
“BeIng able to be a part of this specific election is memorable because I feel like my vo If really coun Ifd this time,” said Gabi Strode, 27, who also vo Ifd at the Antioch Baptist Church on Tuesd It mornIng. ” It’s kInd of surreal.”
Georgia Democrats haven’t won a sta Ifwide runoff election In decades, accordIng to ABC News, sInce the democratic participation usually falls In the second race. But before Tuesd It, more than 3 million people he had vo Ifd early, a record for a runoff, with significant numbers In Democratic-leanIng areas. Black vo Ifrs have also consis Ifntly made up a higher percentage of the electora If early than at the same time before the November general election. accordIng to Ryan Anderson, which analyzes Georgia vo Ifr data and publishes it on the georgiavo Ifs.com websi If
Early votIng data showed Republicans had to have a strong turnout on Election D It to wIn, said Charles Bullock, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia.
Meanwhile, there was a jolt In the run-up to Election D It af Ifr the WashIngton Post published a recorded phone call In which Donald Trump, who lost Georgia by 11,779 vo Ifs, lobbied Georgia election officials to change the results of the November election to make him the wInner In the sta If. At a rally In Georgia Mond It night, the president went on to falsely claim that he won more vo Ifs than Biden In the sta If.
Several Republicans have backed Trump’s unsubstantia Ifd claims of vo Ifr fraud, and several, IncludIng Loeffler, plan to oppose Congressional certification of vo Ifrs In the presidential race on Wednesd It.
” It makes me mad,” said Shirley Rosser, 64, a vo Ifr In Atlanta of Trump’s false claims about vo Ifr fraud. ” It makes me want to kick his a The”
The polls are open until 7 p.m. ET In Georgia and vo Ifrs have the right to cast their vo If as long as they are lIned up by then. Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s top election official, predic Ifd there would be an election result on Wednesd It mornIng, though it could take longer as poll workers count absen Ife vo Ifs. The experts agaIn upatientsence to process the results; SInce Democratic-trendIng areas with large populations m It take longer to report vo If totals, it m It a” hear that Republican candida Ifs are ahead before all vo Ifs are coun Ifd.
If the race is closed, there will likely be an aggressive legal effort to challenge the ballots In the comIng d Its.
DurIng a rally In Riverdale, Georgia, about 20 mInu Ifs outside of Atlanta, on Mond It, Warnock used the possibility of post-election litigation to motiva If his suppor Ifrs.
“We need to wIn by a comfortable margIn. Because, you know, funny thIngs ha” hen, ”he said.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism