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Help Voters In Georgia Obtain IDs Before the June 20 Runoff Election

Help Spread the Vote help voters in Georgia’s 6th District obtain the IDs they need to be eligible to vote in the June 20 runoff election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel for the open House of Representatives seat.

Ossoff gained about 48 percent of the vote overall–impressive, but not enough to give him the house seat outright.

Spread the Vote, a group devoted to fighting voter ID laws by helping citizens obtain the documents they need, estimates that 60,000 eligible voters in Georgia’s 6th district cannot participate for lack of an ID.

In an email sent on April 19, Spread the Vote notes that Ossoff received 93,390 votes, and his nearest Republican challenger, Handel, received 37,993. (The four Republicans who received at least 1 percent of the GA06 vote got 92,590, collectively.) Helping 60,000 people get their IDs could make a difference come June 20.

Spread the Vote will launch its Georgia chapter on May 6, and its first project will be GA06. It hopes to raise $20,000 to hire a full time staffer to assist its volunteers and chapter leaders.

Note that Spread the Vote won’t have an easy time of it. Civil rights groups in Georgia have already had to file suit to defend the rights of voters who register as late as May 20. The state is trying to claim that citizens have to have registered by March 20 in order to participate in the June 20 runoff, which is contrary to the National Voter Registration Act.

Regardless, do what you can to help the efforts of Spread the Vote.


Visit the Spread the Vote site:



Learn about its Georgia campaign:



Ask Spread the Vote to help you get the ID you need:



Volunteer to help Spread the Vote:



Follow Spread the Vote on Twitter:



…and follow its Georgia campaign-specific handle on Twitter:



Donate to Spread the Vote:



Read about the lawsuit to protect the rights of Georgia voters who register on or before May 20:







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If Jon Ossoff Gets At Least 51 Percent of the Vote TODAY, He WINS Tom Price’s Old House Seat. Help #FlipThe6th NOW.

Help Democrat Jon Ossoff win the house of representatives seat that Tom Price vacated in Georgia.

Big update, which we weren’t aware of before: If Ossoff gets at least 51 percent of the vote on April 18, he WINS THE SEAT OUTRIGHT. No runoff. No head-to-head contest. It’s his.

Key passage from a March 30 Politico piece (we added the bold):

“Ossoff is one of 18 candidates thrown together in a primary in which all the candidates — regardless of party — will appear on the same ballot. A candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote will win the race outright. If no candidate reaches 50 percent, there will be a runoff on June 20 between the top two vote-getters.”

So people, GET ON IT. Give him money. Phone-bank for him. Get your Georgia friends who live in the 6th district out to cast a ballot. We can do this!

Full Politico story is below. Original post text is under that.



The silver lining of Tom Price becoming the head of Health and Human Services is he had to leave his seat in the house of representatives. Georgia’s sixth district will hold a special election to fill it, with the primary scheduled for Tuesday April 18. It will be the first federal Congressional election since Trump took office.

The race will be tough, but not impossible. Democrats last held the house seat in 1978, but Trump won the district by only one percent in November. It could go blue.

The Georgia preliminaries take the form of a “jungle primary,” where as many who wish to compete can sign up, and whoever gets more than 50 percent of the vote wins. If no one crosses the 50 percent threshold, the top two vote-getters move on to compete against each other, regardless of their party affiliations. (The head-to-head contest would take place on June 20.) A total of 18 candidates have registered: eleven Republicans, five Democrats, and two Independents.

Democrats have quickly fallen in behind Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former intern of Georgia house rep John Lewis, who has endorsed him. So too has neighboring Georgia house rep Hank Johnson. Ossoff served as a deputy communications chief during Johnson’s 2006 campaign and as a legislative aide after Johnson won.

Ossoff’s fundraising prowess has been crazy-strong. As of February 28, his campaign claims to have raised almost $2 million in less than two months, with about $1 million coming via the Daily Kos web site.

Ossoff’s keenest Republican opponent is likely to be Karen Handel. She’s a former secretary of state for Georgia, and she was forced to resign from the Susan G. Komen For The Cure for leading a controversial and ultimately failed effort to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Right now, you can help Ossoff by donating to his campaign and urging friends in Georgia’s sixth district to vote for him. OTYCD will update this post with info on how to phone-bank for him when the time comes.


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Follow Michael McDonald for Updates on Early Voting Figures for Jon Ossoff’s House Race in Georgia’s Sixth District

Follow Professor Michael McDonald for periodic updates on early voter turnout for Jon Ossoff and others running in the Georgia special election for its 6th District House of Representatives seat.

Dr. Michael P. McDonald is an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. He runs the United States Election Project, which tracks American voter turnout.

Future posts will talk about the United States Election Project and its implications. Right now, we want you to know about McDonald’s Twitter feed, because he’s tracking and posting information about the early vote totals in the special election for the open house seat in Georgia’s 6th District, which Jon Ossoff hopes to win. If Ossoff can draw at least 51 percent of the vote, the seat becomes his, with no need for a head-to-head contest or a runoff.

According to his tweets on Sunday April 1, slightly more than 8,000 ballots were cast and accepted since early voting began on Monday, and the Democrats have the lead.

Follow Professor McDonald on Twitter: