On Tuesday, Jan. 5, America will hold its next national election. All the action is taking place in a single state—Georgia—but the implications of that state's election are national, impacting every American.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice, the widespread impact of the election is based on a convergence of three factors: 1) it was the only state for which both U.S. Senate seats were up for election in 2020; 2) in neither of those races did any candidate emerge with more than 50% of the vote; and 3) the state passed a law in the 1960s requiring a runoff election in races in which no candidate receives a majority.
As a result, the Jan. 5 election will decide both U.S. Senate seats from the state of Georgia.
The outcome has national implications because whether Democrats or Republicans win will determine which party controls the United States Senate, including the majority leader, committee makeup, confirmation of judges and even what legislation comes to the floor for a vote.
As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, "Now we take Georgia; then we change the world."
As leaders within each party advocate for voters to head to the polls, there has been some focus on swaying the vote within racial groups. Bishop E.W. Jackson has long advocated for Black Americans to leave the Democratic Party. In a final push before the Jan. 5 runoff, he is urging Georgia's Black voters not to vote for Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
Jackson says their radical politics is contrary to the values of Georgia's black voters. He uses the STAND America Political Action Committee to support candidates and policies which unite Americans across racial and cultural lines and uphold America's Judeo-Christian heritage, faith in God, the traditional family and life of the unborn.
The PAC's Campaign to Awaken the Church states its purpose to "preserve our First Amendment rights and assure that America fulfills its national destiny as the last best hope on earth for freedom loving people."
It also says the Democratic Party has become anti-freedom, anti-Christian and anti-American, while noting that it doesn't endorse political party as much as standing for biblical principles.
Jackson urges his state's voters to support Republican incumbent David Perdue over Ossoff and Republican challenger Kelly Loeffler over Warnock.
The ACLJ states in a news release that it's concerned the same systemic flaws that have led to a national loss of confidence in a free and fair election will influence the U.S. Senate races.
"More than a million mail-in ballots have already been requested for Georgia's runoff elections," the release states. "America has already seen the chaos created by massive mail-in voting. So it's not surprising that, as we've reported, there already are concerns of registration fraud being encouraged and facilitated by multiple groups. With so much at stake, Georgia is preparing for elections that are already facing reliability questions. And these elections could also enable a giant leap forward in further compromising free and fair elections in the future.
"Depending on the results, election integrity could be a thing of the past. The left has already made clear: "With a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate, a Biden administration could hope to pass more progressive legislation on a range of priorities, starting with a pledge to expand voting rights legislation ... "
So much is at stake in Georgia, for the nation and in the fight for vote security and vote integrity. Advertising for the election is being seen in other states, and people around the country are being asked to rally voters in the Peach State to support specific platforms.
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