All eyes will be on Georgia Jan. 5 when a pair of runoff elections will determine the fate of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats presently held by Republicans.
In short, if the Democratic candidates flip the seats, the Senate’s 100 seats will be evenly split between the GOP and Democrats with the deciding vote going to the vice president — and that would be Democrat Kamala Harris assuming Joe Biden takes the presidential oath of office.
With the makeup of the Senate on the line — as well as future U.S. policies — the notion of people actually moving to Georgia so they can vote in the runoff and influence its outcome has become a discussion point on the left.
What are the details?
“I hope everybody moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two, registers to vote, and votes for these two Democratic senators,” New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman told CNN on Monday night, according to Fox News.
“These run-offs will decide which party controls the Senate, and thus, whether we’ll have any hope of a large stimulus/climate bill. If you have the means and fervor to make a temporary move to GA, [I] believe anyone who registers by Dec 7 can vote in these elections,” Eric Levitz of New York Magazine’s Intelligencer wrote in a “mostly in jest” now-deleted tweet captured by Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy:
Is it illegal to move to a state for the sole purpose of registering and voting in an imminent election?
A spokesman for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office cited state law saying it’s a felony to vote in the state’s elections if one is residing in the state briefly with the intention just to vote and then move away, the paper noted.
“These are sensitive issues, and election officials are going to pay attention to what is happening,” Enrijeta Shino, a University of North Florida political science professor who has researched voting issues in Georgia, told the Journal. “People should be very careful about doing that.”
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Shino told the paper that folks can move to Georgia briefly to work on campaigns and canvass for candidates, but voting in the state without the intention of staying would be considered fraud.
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