Georgia Voting

A Guide to Supporting the Georgia Senate Run-Offs

The whole country* exhaled, at least for a moment, on Saturday, but now all eyes are on Georgia to see who controls the Senate. And you love a Georgian, send them thoughts, prayers, and maybe some baked goods. The rest of the country might be done with the political ads, calls, and texts, but we’re not. 

A brief background: 

In Georgia, a candidate needs to earn over 50% of the vote to be declared the winner and while results are still being tallied, then likely audited, and recounted, it looks like the results in the race between incumbent David Perdue (R) and challenger Jon Ossof (D) will be 49.8% to 47.9% respectfully. 

The other seat was an open race since Kelly Loeffler (R) was a special appointment after Senator Johnny Isakson (D) retired due to health issues in the middle of his term. The race hosted 20+ candidates, with Reverand Raphael Warnock (D) earning 32.9%, Loeffler (R) taking home 25.9%, and Doug Collins (R) taking 20%. 

Georgia is new to being blue and we will need all the help we can get winning not just one, but both of the Senate races with so much on the line. If we fall short, Mitch McConnell will continue to be a clown with power, versus just a traditional clown. Remember Merrick Garland? Without these two seats, it’ll be four more years of all that garbage.

Saturday, we rejoiced. 

Sunday, we rested. 

And today we get to go to work to help Ossoff and Warnock secure their seats. 

No matter where you are, you can help! It goes without saying that financial contributions to any of these groups would be much appreciated, but if you’re interested in doing more to squash your election-related-anxiety (ahem, or participate in democracy), here’s a brief and evolving guide:

First – who should I support? Local, grass-roots organizations! We are grateful for the work of the Lincoln Project on the national level, but the following local, grass-roots organizations got this! Here are links to the websites to the most prominent organizations working to get voters registered, get the vote out, and protect the polls. Sign up for their emails to stay up-to-date on how you can help:

Fair Fight Action – here’s a link to become a national volunteer

New Georgia Project

Georgia Democrats

Black Voters Matter

Woke Vote Us

And of course, stay up-to-date with the campaigns, purchase merch, and learn what Reverand Warnock + Jon Ossoff are up to.

Volunteer opportunities with all of these groups are popping up daily, including phone and text banking, postcarding, or assisting with voter registration, with more being solidified. Some organizations specify what work can be done outside of the state of Georgia – so no matter your Peach State status, you can get involved! 

If you want to help the campaigns directly, Warnock has a volunteer registration page, as well as virtual phone banking on Sundays. Ossoff has daily phone banking opportunities.

And they aren’t alone! If you’re inclined to give some Instagram follows + shares to keep accurate information flooding the market, here are a handful of active groups who regularly have volunteer requests (and of course, all of these organizations appreciate financial contributions):

It goes without saying that Stacey Abrams played a critical role in turning Georgia blue. She didn’t do it alone. Helen Butler of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project, Deborah Scott of Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies, and Tamieka Atkins of ProGeorgia (and many, many more) deserve credit too. 

If you’re still a bit perplexed on what action to take, grab your wallet and toss some funding to GA Senate – a one-stop-shop to donate for Reverand Warnock, Ossoff, and Fair Fight Action or Vote Save America with their Ditch Mitch or Die Trying fund that splits donations equally between the two candidates.

We have 57 days (as of Monday, November 9th) to do the work and secure the Senate. Join us. 

*50.7% exhaled, plus the rest of the developed world.