Georgia has long demonstrated itself to be a deep red state for many years and in many elections. However, during the recent 2020 general election and Georgia’s recent runoff election, Georgia unexpectedly went blue. Here is how women of color, and, specifically, black women, helped to change the politics in Georgia and what the result of them doing so says about the future of politics for both Georgia and the country: Political Campaign Training Twin Cities MN
New Voters & Voter Turnout
Many people learned of Stacey Abrams when she ran for governor in Georgia in the 2018 midterm election, hoping to become the first black female governor in American history. While she lost the race for governor by only 55,000 votes, Abrams’ defeat didn’t discourage her, but, instead, motivated her to try harder for future elections. Since 2006, Abrams has been organizing voters and eventually established a nonpartisan voter registration group called the New Georgia Project that has aimed to help register black residents and young residents in Georgia to vote.
Along with 5 other voter registration organizations--all led by black women--Abrams helped to register an additional 800,000 voters in Georgia between 2018 and 2020, with black voters and young voters being their target demographics. This resulted in higher voter turnout rates in Georgia during both the 2020 general election and the Georgia runoff election, and particularly high voter turnout rates among black voters and young voters in comparison to previous elections in Georgia.
The Result: A More Inclusive Democracy
The results of higher voter registration and voter turnout numbers has resulted in now-President Joe Biden winning Georgia--the first democratic presidential candidate to do so since Bill Clinton won it in 1992--and Georgia electing two democratic senators, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, to represent the state in the United States Senate. Warnock and Ossoff’s wins were historic ones as they both became the first democrats from Georgia elected to the United States Senate since 2000, Warnock became the first African-American to represent the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate, and Ossoff became the youngest member to be elected to the U.S. Senate since 1980, as well as the first Jewish senator to represent Georgia.
And all of this was possible because of the grassroots efforts led by black women in Georgia to register black voters and young voters, whose high voter turnout rates allowed for many historic wins in Georgia during the recent elections. The result of which has led to a more diverse and more inclusive democracy. This just goes to show that when women of color lead, it can result in monumental and historic victories and changes in our nation’s politics.
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