Jon Ossoff Can Turn Georgia BLUE

Jon Ossoff, Experienced Leadership
John Ossoff, Experienced Leadership

How many renters are unregistered in Georgia?  According to the US Census, there are over 10.5 million citizens in Georgia, and over 7 million of those are 18+ and eligible to vote.  Since 37% of the population in Georgia are renters, that means over 2.5 million  eligible voters are renters, and past census figures have shown only 50% of renters are registered.  So over one million unregistered renters live in Georgia in 2020.  In the Trump-Hillary landslide, Trump only won Georgia by 211,141 votes; and the statewide Republican margin in 2018 was only 54,723.  Since newly registered renters are proven to turn out at the level of 85%, we may only need to register 10% of renters to turn Georgia Blue. 

Georgia is Rapidly Turning Blue.  Georgia a state with a major minority population, a major urban population, a large youth population, a large college population, and the shifting voting patterns in the suburbs and among women because of Republican defections and Trump’s racism. Georgia is the key to the South.  However, the traditional values of many in the South, which sadly includes racism along with cotton, tobacco and peanuts, are dying hard.  One way to wake up the south, where I was born, is to help win these two Senate seats.  The Senate compromise in our constitution was fueled in part by the desire of the South to maintain slavery.  You can help move the South forward by winning these two important Senate seats.

Why should I start a RegisterRenters program today?  There is very little time to register voters in Georgia.  The deadline to have a registration in is Monday, October 5.  As of the last election, there were over 2.5 million eligible voters in Georgia who were not registered.  However, you can go to our website, www.registerrenters.org, download and print 100 voter registration forms today, and start your own voter registration drive tomorrow.  Then recruit 10 friends.  Get them started.  Become the Georgia coordinator.  Use social media to recruit a thousand volunteers.  Distribute 200,000 voter registration packets—or more.  YOU can help change Georgia, starting right now.

If you want to see the full details on the RegisterRenters program, click here.  However, the following is more information about voter registration in Georgia that you might find useful, especially if you have good social media resources.  If you want to get lots of people started right now, please imbed the link to this page in your Facebook page, send a Tweet, an Instagram post or any other favorite media.  Or you can simply use the links on this page.

Can renters register online in Georgia?  Although the process is a little intimidating, the fastest way to register is to go to the Georgia Secretary of State voter registration website.  You can Google “SOS Georgia voter registration”.  However, about 20% of homes in Georgia do not have web connections, and this probably applies to many of the unregistered voters who are renters.  Again, this year all voter registrations, including re-registrations for those who have moved, must be completed by Monday, December 7 for the runoff election.

Should I start an official VRD (voter registration drive)?  There are some differences between RegisterRenters and a regulated VRD.  Well funded campaigns may prefer to use volunteers or hire solicitors, where legal, and train them to help voters complete an official voter registration form, which some states permit the solicitor to retain and deliver to the official voter registration site.  This enables the solicitor to be paid for each registration, where this is legal.  It also enables the campaign to make a photocopy of the voter’s registration form, where this is legal.  However, most official voter registration drives rely on person-to-person contact—difficult with Covid19.  They also usually mandate significant training, and involve substantial fines for any failures, including failure to deliver every voter registration form on time.  (Some Republican VRD managers have gone to prison for destroying opposition registrations in Nevada.)  In all, the cost per VRD registration might be at least $10, all in, or $69 in the official Florida drive, while RegisterRenters is a usually a dollar a vote—a fraction of regulated drives— and without direct contact, so it is safer with COVID19.   The link to the most current guidelines for official Voter Registration Drives can be found at:

Where are the main concentrations of unregistered voters in Georgia?  Most of the residents, and probably almost all of the renters, live in  the seven metro districts Atlanta (6 million), Augusta, Savannah, Athens, Gainesville and Macon—a total of more than 7.5 population.  Other college towns are important, too.  And RegisterRenters.org has not ignored the potential unregistered voters in rural areas, but the costs per voter can be much higher, and the proportion of progressive voters has traditionally been lower.  This is not to mean RegisterRenters.org does not value these voters, but they must be targeted in local campaigns. 

Actually, RegisterRenters.org began with a very successful focus on local campaigns for legislative candidates in Colorado.  Since our inception in 2004, we have helped win, sustain and increase majorities in both houses, even though our efforts have been declining as the Senate Majority Project has become successful and ColoradoHouseMajorityProject.org has become even stronger, and we have elected a very progressive Governor.  Our part in these recent successes has been minimal as these organizations have taken leadership, the strength of their candidate recruitment and support has grown, and the legislative program has improved and become increasingly progressive.

If you support RegisterRenters.org or similar organizations on the local level, you will see your rural areas increasingly represented by caring, progressive candidates and office holders in your legislatures, your counties, cities and school districts.  But it takes time and commitment.  We can only hope we have the time.  We need to elect these US Senators NOW.

How can we learn more about the Senate candidate, Jon Ossoff? Having good candidates is the most important element of politics.  These candidates are working hard to be the candidates you can support.  You can find their sites here: 

www.ElectJon.com

By clicking on this sites, you can learn about his positions, his past, and how you can help.  While you are on the site, we encourage you to volunteer, to make a contribution, and to link to your social media.