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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joined a chorus of voices in his party urging Democrats to relocate to Georgia.
Yang encouraged Democrats to make the move in order to become Georgia residents and support Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock ahead of the upcoming runoff elections. Calls came from other Democrats in the nation who joined the trend, urging a wave of “blue voters” to take advantage of Georgia’s vague law on the minimum residency required.
“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,” Yang tweeted, warning that “there isn’t much time.”
He added the dates for deadlines on registrations, absentee ballots to be mailed and the beginning of early voting for the runoff in January as the state’s two incumbent Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, defend their seats. President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have asked for a recount to determine the winner of the presidential race in Georgia.
Yang’s urging comes amid the failed “blue wave” Democrats predicted would come in last week’s election, as they failed to win the majority in the U.S. Senate and even lost seats in the House which Republicans flipped in their favor.
There isn’t much time. The earliest date for absentee ballots to be mailed for the runoff is Nov. 18. The registration deadline is Dec. 7. The In-person early voting begins Dec. 14.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 6, 2020
Yang announced to his 1.7 million Twitter followers that he would be moving to Georgia with the specific intent of securing the Senate seats for Democrats.
“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!!!” he tweeted.
Apparently, the laws in Georgia have created a loophole for either party to secure enough voters to affect the January 5th runoff.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
“…any potential voters would have to move quickly since the last day to be registered for the Jan. 5 contests is Dec. 7. And, the new resident also would have to stay in the state for a while or risk getting into trouble. Under Georgia law, anyone with a legal primary residence in the state can register to vote with their county board of elections. The law does not specify a specific time limit…People moving to Georgia briefly can work on campaigns and canvass for candidates, but voting in the state without the intention of staying would be considered fraud.”
Democratic activist Tamara Stevens also encouraged a temporary move to Georgia.
“Hey all you Northern Democrats! You are all invited to spend the Winter in Georgia!!! Come on down and we will cook for you too!!! Y’allywood…start ramping up productions and get those West Coast Liberals here too!” Stevens, who organized the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia, wrote on Facebook.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman told CNN that he hoped Democrats would make the move.
“I hope everybody moves to Georgia in the next month or two, registers to vote, and votes for these two Democratic Senators,” he said on Monday, inaccurately referring to Ossoff and Warnock as elected senators.
Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones called on GOP Gov. Brian Kemp to intervene.
Out of state liberals are planning to flood the state of Georgia in order to undermine the integrity of our election and vote in our upcoming Senate runoffs.
This practice should be made ILLEGAL and I’m calling on @GovKemp to call a special session to make it so.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) November 10, 2020
“So, just to be clear—Dems do not care about the will of Georgians. They would rather impose the will of non-Georgians on the state to get what they want,” podcast host and author Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted Tuesday.
“Never about people, always about power,” she added, calling the effort a form of “tyranny.”
We constantly hear about “preserving democracy” from Dems. It is not democracy to override the will of the people in a state with the will of people who don’t live there when it comes to selecting representatives for that state. That is tyranny.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) November 10, 2020
Plenty of other Twitter users agreed.
This is appalling.
— Jake (@sirjake) November 10, 2020
They’re still trying to steal this. Zero idea what trouble they’re facing.
— Annie La B 🦅🇺🇸🧡 (@arelab13) November 10, 2020
so much for Yang being a decent person
— Herb Mitchell (@harbage6179) November 10, 2020
If you did not live in the state for the original election you should not get to vote in the runoff. Seems painfully obvious.
— Mostly Peaceful Rich (@RichInOrlando) November 10, 2020
But don’t worry, they wouldn’t do anything untoward in a Presidential Election.
— James Lawlor (@JayoDub) November 10, 2020
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