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Young people are getting out the vote in Georgia — from thousands of miles away


#Youth turnout was high across the country on #Election #Day and national organizers are hoping to re-energize young voters ahead of the crucial #Georgia elections that will determine which party controls the US #Senate.

#With just five days to go until the contests, young people across the country continue to contact voters in #Georgia.

#On the left, #Students for #Ossoff and #Warnock, a youth-led organization unaffiliated with the #Jon #Ossoff and #Rev. #Raphael #Warnock campaigns but working to drum up support for the #Democratic candidates, has mobilized a group of national field organizers, who live out of state but work to turn out voters for the two #Georgia #Democrats. They organize digitally by hosting #Zoom calls and phone banks and help run the organization’s viral #TikTok account.

#According to #Emily #Zanieski, a student at #Georgia #Southern #University who helps lead national programming for the organization, #Students for #Ossoff and #Warnock has attracted members from #Students for #Markey — a group that gained national attention for their wit and humor online while helping #Massachusetts #Sen. #Ed #Markey win his #Democratic primary in #September.

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#Zanieski, 20, said that #Students for #Ossoff and #Warnock has also gained popularity in neighboring #South #Carolina.

“#Seeing so many young people across the country who were excited about #Biden, now helping out here is motivating to keep us doing the good work here in #Georgia,” #Zanieski told CNN.

#For its part, #Sunrise #Movement, the progressive youth-led climate justice organization, has mobilized their 400-plus local hubs to call and text into #Georgia. The group is prioritizing contact with young voters who are under the age of 35. #Since #November, more than 1,000 #Sunrise volunteers have made more than 500,000 calls, sent over 299,000 texts and reached 18,700 young voters in #Georgia, according to the organization.

#Getting creative with digital techniques

#In addition to traditional calls and texts, some organizers are turning to alternative modes of organizing.

#Plus1 #Vote, a #New #York-based nonpartisan organization that encourages voters to bring a plus one to the polls to increase turnout, is providing free #Uber rides to the polls across #Georgia for early voting, absentee ballot drop off and on #Election #Day. #Georgians are encouraged to use the voucher code “#VoteGA” in the #Uber app to receive their free ride to the polls.
#Meanwhile, organizers with “#Swipe #Out the #Vote #Georgia” are using dating apps such as #Tinder and #Hinge to contact #Georgia voters and ensure they have a plan to vote. #According to messaging from the group, the technique is “for those who are tired of phone banking and texting, and want to try something new and exciting.”

#Using opening lines such as “#Wanna know what I think is cute?” and replying with “#Voting for #Warnock and #Ossoff in the election on #January 5th!” about 100 volunteers between the ages of 18-35 have signed up, set their geo-location to #Georgia and swipe in the #Peach #State.

The group emphasizes that participants must use their own photos and suggests that volunteers add political and progressive content to their bio on the apps.

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#Celebrities and influencers from across the country have #Georgia on their minds too.

#Tommy #Dorfman, an #Atlanta native and 28-year-old actor who starred in “13 #Reasons #Why,” has encouraged their 1.4 million #Instagram followers to get involved in and pay attention to the #Georgia runoff elections.

“#This election in particular feels extremely personal to me because I am a trans person from #Georgia,” #Dorfman, who went to the same K-12 school as #Ossoff but now lives on the #West #Coast, told CNN.

#Although #Dorfman did not travel home to #Georgia ahead of the elections because of the #Covid-19 pandemic, they emphasized the role they continue to play from afar and encourage their followers — most of whom are between the ages of 12-25 — to do the same.

“I like reminding people they can do stuff from their couch and their bed, changing their geo locator down to (#Georgia), everyday there are #Zoom events,” #Dorfman said.

#Dorfman has been especially active in the runoff elections given their ties to #Georgia, going live on #Instagram with #Ossoff to talk about the election and hosting phone banks with #Students for #Ossoff and #Warnock.

#Likewise, AJ from the #American pop-duo #Aly & AJ, is teaming up with 18by.#Vote and #Peaches for #Progress, a youth-led coalition working to turn out young voters in #Georgia, for a “#Georgia #Youth #Get #Out the #Vote #Text #Bank” on #January 4.
#And #NextGen #America, the progressive youth vote organization founded by businessman #Tom #Steyer, has recruited 138 influencers on #TikTok and #Instagram to give voters key info about the elections.
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#On the right, #College #Republicans has hosted a “#National #Call #Competition,” encouraging #College #Republican chapters nationwide to compete in a phone-banking competition to see which chapter can make the most phone calls for #Sen. #Kelly #Loeffler and #Sen. #David #Perdue, the #Republican incumbents.

#About 300 #College #Republicans are making phone calls from home, according to the organization.

#So far, #New #Hampshire #College #Republicans, #Virginia #College #Republicans, #West #Virginia #College #Republicans, #Tennessee #College #Republicans and #California #College #Republicans have been victorious in various weeks of the competitions. #Alaska #College #Republicans have also been quite active, according to the national organization.

“#We cannot easily knock doors, although some of us will be heading down to GA to do so, so I have asked that our chapter presidents sign themselves, and as many members who are willing, up to make calls to #Georgia, and to make 10 calls a day — which will add up over time. #To really make a difference in #Georgia — from #Washington #State — requires persistence and accountability from #College #Republicans to do their part, even if they do not feel like their efforts matter,” #Gabe #Hernandez, chairman of #Washington #State #College #Republicans, told CNN.

#And although #Gen Z GOP, a group that looks to build a new home for young #Republicans disenfranchised with the current state of the #Republican #Party, did not endorse a candidate for president in the 2020 election, the group is also holding phone banks for #Perdue and #Loeffler.

“#While aspects of this election represent the worst of #American politics, it is important that #President-elect #Biden works with a #Republican-controlled #Senate to ensure policies enacted represent a wide-range of political viewpoints and perspectives,” the group writes on their site. “#That being said, we encourage you to sign up below to help us to phone bank for our #Republican candidates in the #Georgia run-off election.”



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