Young voters play a key role in the Georgian runoff, under the control of the Senate


Katarina Flicker, junior at Emory University, he took down the entire fall semester to organize the Democrats in Georgia, helping the other students vote.

Despite the end of the November election – President-elect Joe Biden turned the state blue for the first time since 1992 – Flicker is not over. He is now working closely with the Emory Young Democrats to register even more people ahead of Georgia’s two high-stakes Senate running races, the outcome of which will determine which party controls the Senate.

In the general election, voters aged 18-29 accounted for 20 percent of Georgian voters, according to NBC News’s exit poll. As the January 5 developments approach, Georgian youth on both sides of the corridor are working to mobilize their peers to vote again – or for the first time in their lives.

“I think teenage complacency is something fashionable,” Flicker said (20). “But seeing that my generation in particular has stood up and fought for what we believe in … that’s how you change.”

Katarina Flicker spent her fall semester as a field organizer for the Democratic Party of Georgia, helping with both virtual and personal events such as the prosecution and replenishment events shown here.Courtesy of Katarina Flicker

Georgian natives Grace Hall (20) and Juliet Eden (21) are students at the University of Georgia in Athens. The Political Action Committee, founded by Stacey Abrams, serves as chairman and communications director of its Political Action Committee to Alleviate Voter Repression in the “Fair Fight” chapter.

The primary goal of the organization before the proceeds, according to them, is to educate voters about the steps they need to take in order to secure the number of their votes, such as checking that they have not been removed from the electoral roll.

“I think the whole country is looking at Georgia right now,” said Hall, a junior.

In a tight general election race, none of the candidates in Georgia’s two Senate races reached the 50 percent threshold to win a full victory, and both elections were run in accordance with state law. Republican sensor David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Eden, an elderly man, said he “never felt that my votes would count as in the last election because things were tight”.

Madison Potts, a 21-year-old head of Kennesaw State University and president of the NAACP school department, said she is working to help students register with students and provide information on how to get their missing ballots when they are away from home.

Potts said he has been involved in activism since the age of 14, participating in demonstrations and encouraging other students to become more politically active. He said he noticed that “the energy, especially among young people, is bigger and better than ever.”

“I know the young people in Georgia have really decided the last election and encouraged them to take part in this process and definitely show up in a way we have never been before, it was easier than in previous years,” he said. “So I’m grateful for the new wave of energy around the election, voter turnout and activism.”

According to Tufts University’s Center for Civic Learning and Commitment Information and Research, the national youth turnout in the 2020 elections exceeded 50 percent, which was significantly higher than in 2016.

According to NBC News’s exit poll, in 2020, 56 percent of Georgian voters aged 18-29 voted for Biden, while 43 percent voted for Trump. Black voters accounted for 28 percent of Georgian voters under the age of 30, 76 percent for Biden and 23 percent for Trump.

Democratic Senate candidates are making a concerted effort to appoint the youngest voters – who were not old enough to vote in January but will be eligible for January. According to The Civics Center, an organization dedicated to the civic engagement of young people, this applies to 23,000 Georgians.

During a virtual meeting on Friday, Ossoff said the election “will lead to youth participation, so I call on young people to make a plan for the vote.”

“Make sure you vote and make sure everyone in your circle votes,” Warnock added.

Ossoff on Thursday in Cobb County, not far from the Kennesaw State University campus, targeted young voters and students for voting. At the event, Jonathan Alvarez, a 20-year-old student at Georgia State University, said in an interview that he was “not really interested in politics” before the 2016 election.

“But over the last four years, I’ve seen the real shift that has taken place in the presidency, obviously in the White House,” he said. “And how active he is [President Donald] Trump is on social media and Twitter, and things like that invite more people to see in real time what he’s saying, which – I feel – has been more interested in politics for much of my generation. Because when you open the front page of Twitter and see your president talking, you’re always pretty much in the loop. “

But Alvarez was also aroused by changing Georgia after the Democrats thought in retrospect, which has become one of the most heated debates in recent years.

“Seeing how close Stacey Abrams was to victory in 2018, I was like,‘ Oh, wow, things are really changing in Georgia, ’” he said, “and so it happened, I saw the baby’s footsteps and our huge leaps.

Jon Ossoff appears on the Zoom phone, organized by Democrats at the American College.Courtesy of Carter Yost

Although some young people are not old enough to vote in elections, they are still working on changes, such as Ishani Peddi (17), co-chair of Students for Ossoff and Warnock, from Peachtree, Georgia.

“It is very satisfying to recognize that young people and I, as a young person, are able to really make a difference and make a difference and fight for issues that matter to me by helping to elect these MPs and these elected officials. In fact, it will develop effective legislation and change to bring in America, “he said.

This commitment to political activism transcends party lines, and youth activists volunteered for the upcoming Senate proceedings for both Republican and Democratic candidates.

Twenty-year-old Gurtej Narang, a youth member at Georgia State University and treasurer of the Georgia Republican Association of College Republicans, said he thought it important for the Senate to remain in Republican hands as Democrats control both the White House and the House of Representatives. Its organization launches “take the vote” initiatives and encourages members to help make phone calls, ring, and disseminate important information about candidates to voters across the state.

Jaylan Scott, 20, is president of the Young Democrats in Georgia, an organization working to register more young voters in the state before the runoff.

“We really need to magnify how important this competition is to the U.S. Senate, the weight of the balances, they really depend on whether we can get young people to vote in Georgia,” he said.

Alexis Lopez, 21, the head of Georgia State University, wants to continue working with university organizations to encourage young voters to secure their voices after interning in the congressionally elected Nikema Williams campaign.

“We are very enthusiastic about making sure that our justice system is truly fair and making sure we get rid of the systemic racism that affects that system and about creating a country that works for us and represents who we are,” he said.

Georgia-based Caroline Hakes, head of George Washington University, is volunteering and voting in upcoming running races. GW College’s work with Republicans has increased his political passion.

“It’s very easy to feel like your voice doesn’t matter when you’re so young, a lot of people say they sit back and let the adults do it … I think people need to understand how important this is. to have a say in their government, ”he said.