Outside Youth Groups Pushing Voter Turnout in Georgia

Outside Youth Groups Pushing Voter Turnout in Georgia young women hold up signs in support of ossoff and warnock in a car Supporters hold up campaign signs as Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks at a rally on December 19, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. (Megan Varner/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 31 December 2020 07:37 AM

Young people, who in some cases are thousands of miles away from Georgia, are working to get out the vote as the two Jan. 5 Senate runoffs in the state approach.

CNN reported that groups made up of students, along with social media influencers, are working to push voter turnout for Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, as well as their Democrat opponents Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Students for Ossoff and Students for Warnock, groups unaffiliated with the two Democrats, have put together a team of national field organizers to help turn out voters for the two candidates. CNN reported that many organizers live outside the state but use Zoom calls and phone banks to get their message out.

"Seeing so many young people across the country who were excited about [Joe] Biden, now helping out here is motivating to keep us doing the good work here in Georgia," said Emily Zanieski, a student at Georgia Southern University.

The Sunrise Movement, described as a progressive youth-led climate justice group, has organized its 400-plus local hubs to call and text into Georgia in an attempt to contact voters under the age of 35.

And NextGen America, a progressive youth vote organization, has recruited 138 influencers on TikTok and Instagram to give voters information about the elections.

Meanwhile, the College Republicans group has hosted a "National Call Competition" in an effort to push its nationwide chapters to compete in a phone-banking competition to see which one can make the most calls in support of Loeffler and Perdue.

As of last week, about 2.1 million people — more than a quarter of the state's registered voters — have already cast their ballots in the races.