Can you move to Georgia to vote on January 5th only? – FindLaw


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Thinking of moving to Georgia to vote in the two very important Senate runoffs there?

Some activists on social media have suggested they set up a headquarters in Peach State to vote.

The question is: How legitimate is that?

The answer is, it really is legal. But if you are thinking of moving to Georgia just to vote there, you better get serious about it.

First, time is running out. Under Georgia law, if you want to vote in the January 5th election, you need to reside there by December 7.

Second, it cannot be fair a Accommodation. It must be you primary Accommodation.

Third, you can’t create a new home in Georgia, vote, and then withdraw your stakes again shortly thereafter. Georgia’s law is not clear on this point, but Energita Chino, a professor of political science at the University of North Florida who is looking into voting issues in Georgia, told Wall Street Journal“These are sensitive issues, and election officials will pay attention to what is happening. People should be very careful about doing this.”

Meanwhile, Georgia’s Attorney General Chris Carr released Advisor On November 11, voters were reminded of their “rights and responsibilities” under Georgia law. The advice includes links to state law on residency, which includes this requirement: “No person may be deemed to have acquired residency in any county or municipality of this state in which this person came for temporary purposes only without intending to make this county or municipality the permanent residence for this. the person “.

Why is Georgia holding a run-off election?

The races in question are (1) the incumbent Republican David Purdue versus the Democratic challenger John Usoff, and (2) the incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler against the Democratic challenger, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock.

While the Senate races are so staggered that no two state seats can be re-elected at the same time, the situation in Georgia this year is extraordinary. Purdue is in a regular re-election race for the seat he won in 2014, but Loeffler was appointed last year to replace Senator Johnny Isaacson, who retired on health grounds. So the Loeffler-Warnock race is a special election to fill the remainder of that term.

The reason for both races to run in the run-off is that under Georgia law, when no candidate wins 50% of the vote (status this year), the first two candidates compete in a subsequent vote.

Much is at stake

This is why the race is so important (and why people talk about going there to vote): Now that the general election is over, the Senate numbers are 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. If the Democrats could win both run-off races in Georgia, that would mean a 50-50 split in the Senate. However, he really hands control over to the Democrats because Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would have the power to sever ties in that room.

The stakes are huge.

But there are also risks for anyone who might consider trying to establish a temporary residence in Georgia just for the sake of voting.

As Attorney General Carr noted in his advisory report on November 11, “trying to vote in the knowledge that one does not have the qualifications to vote in Georgia is a crime.”

Be advised.

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