As much as I’d prefer that we go by a national popular vote, the fact remains that the system that will be in place to elect the next president is the Electoral College. (And yes, I know there is momentum around the Popular Vote Compact which I’ve written about HERE, but the earliest it could potential be in place is 2022.)
Winning the EC will come down to the swing states. Here is a quick rundown of Georgia, plus how you can help the state go blue on Election Night.
Electoral Votes: 16
Presidential Voting History
2000 – R
2004 – R
2008 – R
2012 – R
2016 – R
2016 Presidential Election
Turnout in Georgia skyrocketed in 2018, fueled in part by a white hot governor’s race. In 2014, there were 2.6M votes cast, but in 2018, there were 3.9M votes cast. 61% of registered voters turned out.
Primary Election Date
March 24, 2020
Key Down Ballot Races in 2020
High profile or competitive races at the state level can drive turnout to the polls. Here’s what’s on deck next year.
Georgia will have two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot in 2020, one being a normal re-election (Sen. David Perdue’s seat) and the other a special election (because Sen. Johnny Isakson is resigning this year).
All 14 House seats are up for re-election. Districts 6 (McBath) and 7 (open) are considered to be the most competitive.
Both of the state chambers have elections in 2020.
State Supreme Court
Four state Supreme Court judges have terms that are expiring.
How You Can Help
Get involved with voter registration and voter turnout efforts. You can join or donate to one of the following organizations, or you can volunteer for a candidate you’re inspired by. *A quick shout-out to the local organizers who supplied me with this list of great organizations in Georgia!* Here’s a list to get you started:
Here’s the link you can share with others to check their voter registration or to register online: Register to Vote in Georgia
Voter Registration Info: GA Secretary of State — Elections Website
Find your local Democratic party organization: Georgia Democratic Party
You can find your county’s own Democratic party organization HERE
Find voter registration events: League of Women Voters of Georgia
Find progressive events in Arizona: Mobilize America
Join Fair Fight, Stacey Abrams’ organization dedicated to helping citizens get access to the ballot box
Get involved with New Georgia Project, an organization hyper-focused on registering voters in the state
Spread the Vote, dedicated to getting folks the ID they need to vote, has a chapter focused on Georgia.
The national organization, Let America Vote, has dedicated activity in Georgia
Get involved with voter registration events focused on turning out the youth vote with March for our Lives, Atlanta
Get connected to Indivisible groups in Georgia
Black Voters Matter is focused on voter registration
Go Vote GA has a nifty tool that will remind voters whenever there is an election
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials primarily works to engage and activate Latino voters
Volunteer for a candidate: 15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election
NOTE: If there are other organizations and resources specific to Georgia that you can recommend, please put them in the comments so other readers can see them, too!
Please share this Swing State guide so others can help register voters. Thank you.