The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and a Democratic activist called on party members to move to Georgia and stand for the two US Senate runoff elections in January.
The runoff elections – between Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, and between Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock – determine which party has control of the Senate.
Friedman argued in an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” Tuesday night that Republicans who keep control of the Senate and enforce a divided government would not be good for the country.
“I hope everyone moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two they are registering to vote and vote for these two Democratic senators,” he told Cuomo.
@nytimes columnist Thomas Friedman urges people to move to Georgia and register to vote in the #runoffs. pic.twitter.com/ibbFBb5hlD
– Rusty Weiss @ (@ rustyweiss74) November 12, 2020
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More and more democratic activists are encouraging Democrats to move to Georgia and vote in the Senate runoff election
Tamara Stevens, a Democratic activist with the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia, urged the Democrats to do essentially the same thing.
Stevens responded to a tweet from a man named Dylan Matt in which he wrote, “Georgia has no residence requirement. So if you’ve just moved here, you can register to vote on day one. “
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She replied: “Hey you North Democrats! You are all invited to spend the winter in Georgia! Come down and we’ll cook for you too! “
Stevens added that they “need to start ramping up production and getting these West Coast liberals here too!”
Biden’s deputy and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced that he would personally move to Georgia to “help Ossoff and Warnock win”.
“The best we can do for Joe is get him a Democratic Senate,” he tweeted.
“There should be a coordination of resources. Everyone who stood up for Joe should prepare to travel to Georgia. I’ll go, “announced Yang. “It’s the only way to get Mitch out of the way and give Joe a unified government.”
Yang did not say whether he wanted to register to vote in the state.
Great news #yanggang – Evelyn and I are moving to Georgia to help @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock win! This is our only chance to get Mitch out of the way and help Joe and Kamala get things done for the next 4 years. More details will follow, but let’s go !!! 😀🇺🇸🚀 https://t.co/egcdwqC1qZ
– Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 8, 2020
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Is it legal to move to Georgia and vote right away?
It is not illegal to move to Georgia to register for the January 5th election, according to the Wall Street Journal.
However, voters would have to do so and register for the runoff election by December 7th.
They would also have to “stay in the state for a while or risk getting into trouble”.
The definition of “for a while” remains unclear.
Still, the WSJ reports that “a sudden influx of new residents could have some impact on what is likely to be a tight run-off in the Senate.”