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Dems plot mass migration to Georgia to take advantage of runoff election

Two senate races in Georgia are likely headed for run-off elections on January 5 because so far none of the candidates received above 50 percent of the vote.

Ari Hoffman Seattle, WA
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As the fate of control of the Senate is still in doubt, two senate races in Georgia are likely headed for run-off elections on Jan. 5, because so far none of the candidates received above 50 percent of the vote.

Democrats will likely need to win both of them to retake the majority for the first time since 2014. However, what appears to be a major loophole for potential voter fraud has created a strong likelihood that the balance of power in the US Senate will be decided not by current Georgia residents but by many new voters not in Georgia today.

Some Liberals, including journalists, are encouraging Democrats to move to red states like Georgia with the sole purpose of impacting future elections even suggesting that Michael Bloomberg should foot the bill.

By Georgia law, if no Senator passes a 50 percent threshold, a runoff election is held. As of the time of publishing, it looks as if neither Senator will cross that line. A Jan. 5, 2021 election will likely decide not just one, but two Senate seats. If they both go Democrat, it will be leader Schumer, with Vice President Kamala Harris, breaking any 50-50 tie. If they are split or both go Republican, its Leader McConnell.

It is extremely easy to establish residency and register to vote in Georgia and can be done in a week or two. All one needs to do is get an address such as a sublet, and then procure a utility bill which is as easy as printing one online or get a driver's license in Georgia. Someone could work remotely from Athens, Atlanta or Savannah, print an online utility bill and file some paperwork to get their agenda cemented.

New York magazine's Eric Levitz deleted a tweet that made the suggestion regarding Georgia.

According to Fox News, Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser floated the idea Thursday of billionaire Mike Bloomberg offering cash to liberals to move to Wyoming in order to manipulate the Senate.

Many liberal activists also proposing this on social media.

Their message is working because "How to vote Georgia" is as of the time of print trending on Google.

One independent voter Steve Murch creator of the Seattle voting assistant AlignVote, is sounding the alarm. Murch did the math, and is warning that either party could do take advantage of  this and have organizations or wealthy donors pay for it.

"There is an enormous incentive to flock to the state between now and January 5th to establish temporary 'residency,' vote, get the party control desired for the US Senate, and then 'change one’s mind' to return to one’s actual, de-facto state of residence. Best as I can tell, it can be done in a matter of a few days," says Murch.

Murch breaks it down, assuming sharing an affordable apartment for $800 per month, each vote could cost you about $400 per month.

$24 million would buy you 10,000 "sure-thing" votes, or really 20,000 "sure thing," votes because there are two Senate seats up for election. $240 million would buy you 100,000 sure thing votes. "Mike Bloomberg spent $1 billion and ended up with 3 delegates from American Samoa," Much points out.

Democrats just spent over 104 million dollars to lose to Linsey Graham and over 88 million to lose to Mitch McConnell. This alternative plan has a much higher return on investment.

Much has updated his analysis noting that some have pointed out to him that only those eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election or newly eligible 18-year-olds would be eligible to vote in the runoff.  

"If that’s the correct interpretation of Georgia statutes, and if this is enforced, that’s great," he said, but added that he still finds the statues "somewhat ambiguous in this requirement" after repeated review.

Another section of Georgia law gives potential registrants a lot of time to complete the process:

"If such special primary or special election is not held in conjunction with a general primary, general election, or presidential preference primary but is held on one of the dates specified in Code Section 21-2-540 for the conduct of special elections to present a question to the voters or special primaries or elections to fill vacancies in elected county or municipal offices, the registration deadline for such a special primary or election shall be at the close of business on the fifth Monday prior to the date of the special primary or election or, if such Monday is a legal holiday, by the close of business on the following business day."

Voters or "residents" of Georgia don't even need to come from within the state, and they certainly don't have to stay past January 5th. In three short months, the January 5th turnout in the Georgia runoff election could greatly exceed the 7.2 million registered voters known in Georgia as of November.

If such voter registration activity in Georgia and elsewhere is not overseen or examined with greater scrutiny and trust, it will further undermine faith not just in Georgia but in the entire United States that our legislators are duly elected by a trustworthy process.

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