• Campus Vote Project

Democrats Try to Ride Youth Wave in Georgia With Senate at Stake

December 2, 2020 2:19 PM

By Samantha Handler


Democratic organizers and campaigns are hoping young voters in Georgia will break turnout records again — or at least come close — and give the winning edge to the party’s candidates in a pair of January runoffs that will determine control of the Senate.


Ciarra Malone, a recent Kennesaw State University graduate and the Campus Vote Project’s Georgia coordinator, said the runoffs present a “unique situation” with college students both leaving and returning to Georgia for the winter break. She said many now are figuring out how to change their registration, find new polling locations, and request ballots again.

Campus Vote Project is launching targeted texting campaigns and direct outreach at colleges across Georgia, as well as hosting webinars for students at HBCUs.


Bhavin Patel, president of College Democrats of Georgia, said he’s not too concerned that students won’t turn out at the same levels in January, noting that students in Georgia are enthusiastic about Ossoff and Warnock.


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