“The Georgia elections held today were a massive failure. Countless Georgians were deprived of their sacred right to vote. Whether it is incompetence or intentional voter suppression- the result is the same– Georgians denied their rights as citizens in this democracy,” said Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. “In March 2019, the ACLU of Georgia warned Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett – the state’s most populous counties – that they were not ready for elections in 2020. These counties have over two million of the state’s nearly seven million registered voters. Based on their performance in the 2018 election — the ACLU warned that insufficient resources were allocated for polling places, machines, in-person election staff, and staff to process absentee ballots and that this would result in the disenfranchisement of voters in 2020. It gives us no pleasure to be proven right.”
To address the shortcomings, voting hours were extended past 7pm in polling places across Georgia, including in DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Cobb Counties, according to WSB-TV.
However, as most of the results have been reported, winners have begun to emerge.
Unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden clinched the Democratic presidential nominee in Georgia by a wide margin, garnering 83.5 percent of the vote (556,373 votes). Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders trailed behind with 10.4 percent.
A winner has not been declared in the race for Democratic Senate nominee. Vocal LGBTQ ally Jon Ossoff leads with 48.6 percent of votes (about 347,996 votes), and Teresa Tomlinson currently follows behind with 14.8 percent. Because Ossoff has not reached the 50 percent vote requirement with 93 percent of precincts reporting, a runoff election is likely. The winner will move on to challenge Republican incumbent David Perdue for Georgia’s Senate seat in November.
Candidates who will move on to campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives include:
Joyce Griggs (D) currently leads with 46.3 percent but has not yet been declared a winner as Lisa Ring follows close behind with 42 percent and only 78.67 percent of precincts reporting.
Buddy Carter (R): 80.2 percent
Sanford Bishop (D): unopposed
Don Cole (R) currently leads with 52.4 percent of the vote but has not yet been declared a winner.
Val Almonord (D): unopposed
Drew Ferguson (R): unopposed
Hank Johnson (D): 61.1 percent
Johsie Ezammudeen (R): unopposed
John Lewis (D): 84.3 percent
Angela Stanton-King (R): unopposed
Lucy McBath (D): unopposed
Karen Handel (R): 72.9 percent
Carolyn Bourdeaux and Brenda Romero move on the a runoff election for the Democratic nomination.
Rich McCormick (R): 55.2 percent
Lindsay Holliday (D): unopposed
Austin Scott (R): 89.5 percent
Brooke Siskin and Devin Pandy move on to a runoff election for the Democratic nomination.
Matt Gurtler and Andrew Clyde move on the a runoff election for the Republican nomination.
Tabitha Johnson-Green (D): 67.9 percent
Jody Hice (R): unopposed
Dana Barrett (D): unopposed
Barry Loudermilk (R): unopposed
Liz Johnson (D): 83.6 percent
Rick Allen (R): unopposed
David Scott and Keisha Waites move on to runoff election for Democratic nomination.
Becky Hites (R): 66.5 percent
Kevin Van Ausdal (D): unopposed
Marjorie Greene and John Cowan move on to runoff election for Republican nomination.