Democrats are trying to do anything to win control of the Senate which will ultimately be decided by two run-off elections in Georgia in January. Republican David Perdue is fighting a tight battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler is facing off against Raphael Warnock.
The tight Senate race has prompted California Democrats to attempt to relocate to Georgia in order to cast votes or volunteer for the Democrat challengers.
Fox News reports:
Flip the West, a California-based organization “dedicated to harnessing grassroots power to help Democrats take back the U.S. Senate, has filled up more than 7,500 phone bank shifts for making calls to Georgia, according to the Chronicle. Additionally, more than 16,000 volunteers have signed up to send postcards to Georgia voters reminding them to vote in the runoff election.
Others are prepared to physically travel to Georgia. Manny Yekutiel, a political activist who owns a civic engagement space in San Francisco’s Mission District, said he has been bombarded with calls asking him: “When do I move to Georgia? Where can I stay? Should I get a block of hotel rooms?”
Andrew Yang, a former Democrat presidential nominee, recently revealed he and his wife are moving to the Peach State to help Ossof and Warnock win.
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!!! 😀🇺🇸🚀 https://t.co/egcdwqC1qZ
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 8, 2020
Georgia state officials are pushing back on the idea of moving to Georgia to vote in this Senate election, warning that by doing so individuals could be breaking federal law.
“In order to be able to register to vote in Georgia, you have to be a Georgia resident,” he said. “That means you have to believe you are staying in Georgia.”
Those who try to vote in Georgia while merely visiting the state may face felony charges punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.”