Clarkston, GA — Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock visited Clarkston on Nov. 3 to remind voters to cast their ballots and encourage others to head to the polls.
Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks encouraged voters to ask three people to vote.
“Each one of you is a guardian of democracy with our vote,” Burks said. “Everybody has a superpower here and I want you to understand your superpower is that vote. Your superpower in engaging your community and making sure that they know we will not tolerate anyone taking our true power and ensuring that democracy is not only in Georgia, the United States, but globally, because what we do impacts everyone.”
Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day for the midterm election. Polls will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Provisional ballots have changed due to Senate Bill 202 which changed Georgia’s voting laws. If a voter tries to vote at a different precinct other than their assigned polling place, their vote will not count unless it is after 5 p.m. on Election Day. Voters should double-check their precinct before going to the polls.
Absentee ballots can still be delivered by hand to the front desk of the Voter Registration and Elections Office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Sen. Jon Ossoff’s message to voters in Clarkston was simple: vote.
He continued to encourage everyone to vote and encourage other people to head to the polls. He also thanked all the volunteers who knocked on doors, made phone calls and wrote postcards.
“Thank you all for everything you did to deliver those two massive underdog victories in January of 2021 and the statement that we made about what Georgia stands for,” Ossoff said.
He added that without Georgia, Congress would not have confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and wouldn’t have passed legislation related to infrastructure, high-speed internet and veterans healthcare.
The way to have a voice in a democracy is to vote, Warnock said.
“A vote is a kind of prayer for the world we desire for ourselves and for our children,” Warnock said. “Your vote is your voice. Your voice is your human dignity.”
“Put it this way, we each have value and if we have value, we ought to have a voice. The way to have a voice in a democracy is to have a vote. It is our civic duty, responsibility to cast our vote to lift our voice in this defining moment in our state and in our country.”
Georgia has seen high voter turnout in the midterm election so far. Over two million Georgians have already voted, Warnock said.
“I need you to make sure that everybody in your house has voted. Make sure the people on your street have voted. Make sure the folks that you work with and the folks that you worship with have turned out to vote,” Warnock said.
He added that “you can’t lead the people unless you love the people. You can’t love the people unless you actually know the people, and the way to know the people is to actually walk beside the people,” Warnock said.
He highlighted issues he’ll continue fighting for if elected to his first six-year term in the U.S. Senate.
“I’m going to stand up for workers because workers deserve to share in the prosperity that they are creating for others. They deserve a livable wage. I’m going to stand up for women because women ought to have a voice and be able to control their own bodies rather than politicians. Women deserved equal pay for equal work.”
“I’m going to stand up for the LGBTQ community because we are all children of God. I’m going to stand up for our children because a young person’s outcome should not be based on their parents’ income,” he added. “I’m going to stand up for veterans because those who fight for us shouldn’t have to fight with us in order to get the benefits that they deserve.”
Warnock will also fight for insulin to be affordable for everyone, for a livable wage and address climate change.
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